Midwest Archaeological Consultants is owned and operated by Randy Dickson, a registered
professional archaeologist with 22 years of experience specializing in archaeology
and historic preservation in the Midwest. Mr. Dickson meets the Secretary of Interior
Standards for prehistoric and historic archaeology. Midwest Archaeological Consultants
provides cultural resource review and compliance processes to federal, state and
private agencies required to comply with historic preservation regulatory requirements.
The services of Midwest Archaeological Consultants include: archaeological assessment,
site testing and mitigation, cultural heritage conservation, site interpretation
and development. Midwest Archaeological Consultants has conducted archaeological
investigations for the following Federal agencies: FCC, DOT, USDA-NRCS, USDA-RD,
FERC, HUD, DNR, DOD, USPS, FS, BLM, BIA and the US Army Corp of Engineers. As of
December 2010 Midwest Archaeological Consultants has completed over 600 projects
throughout the Midwest.
Midwest Archaeological Consultants specializes in archaeological investigations for
telecommunication projects such as cellular tower and fiber optic line installations
for Section 106 compliance (FCC). Communication projects require a license from
the Federal Communications Commission. As a consequence of the Federal licensing
process, the projects must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation
Act. A review of historic property potential is required in advance of construction.
The guidelines and intent of the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Review
of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal
Communications Commission FCC Report and Order 04-222 ("NPA") is followed for each
and every cellular tower and fiber optic project.
Midwest Archaeological Consultants completes approximately 100 telecommunication
projects per year throughout the United States in accordance with the FCC Nationwide
Programmatic Agreement for cell towers. Midwest Archaeological Consultants will
accept projects of any size and scope. On smaller projects such as cellular tower
archaeological compliance, reports are customarily completed and submitted to clients
within the same week that the fieldwork is completed. Larger scale projects such
as DOT and FERC are eagerly accepted but completion times are longer depending upon
the scale and complexity of the project.
Midwest Archaeological Consultants also conducts Post Construction Reviews of existing
cell towers that are not compliant with Section 106, throughout the entire United
States. Often the process for bringing existing cell towers into compliance does
not go through the usual SHPO review but instead through FCC review. Midwest Archaeological
Compliance can also conduct office reviews for Section 106 compliance of cell towers
whereby fieldwork is not required due to highly disturbed contexts, previous Section
106 compliance reviews or other mitigating circumstances. Each potential office
review project is conducted on an individual basis, complete with research as well
as multiple lines of evidence against the need for extensive fieldwork.
Twenty-two years of experience conducting archaeological investigations throughout
the Midwest have made us acutely aware of the scheduling and time frame problems
encountered while attempting to complete projects. Midwest Archaeological Consultants
conducts archaeological investigations ethically and efficiently, enabling its clients
to successfully fulfill their respective project goals in a timely manner.