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CAR has been active in Cultural Resource Management in southern and central California for almost 20 years, completing more than 700 projects. Our experience and familiarity with the historical and prehistoric archaeology of the southern San Joaquin Valley, Mojave Desert, and adjacent areas provides a distinct advantage in the reliable identification and evaluation of cultural resources for purposes of compliance with applicable government regulations.

Image: Locations of Previous CAR Projects in Kern and Surrounding Counties

CAR has conducted archaeological research for the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, US Navy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Caltrans, as well as various other state, city, county and local agencies.

Archaeological investigations at CAR include cultural resources record searches, field surveys (Phase I inventory), test excavations (Phase II evaluation), and data recovery (Phase III). We possess equipment for a variety of field projects, laboratory analyses and provide timely, professional analytical reports.

The CAR offices and laboratories are housed at CSU Bakersfield. Most of the analytical work on archaeological collections are conducted in our laboratory facilities. Some special studies (e.g., radiocarbon dating, obsidian sourcing/hydration, botanical analysis) are performed by qualified outside specialists. Photograph of lab

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