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Archaeology/Historic Architecture/Native American Consultation

cultural_HPWhat are Cultural Resources?

Cultural Resources include prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, ghost towns, rock art, historic buildings, spiritual places, historic landscapes and even historic roads, such as the Lincoln Highway.

Why does NDOT have a section devoted to Cultural Resources?

NDOT’s Cultural Resource team works to balance the transportation needs of Nevada’s growing communities with protecting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the state. To identify significant cultural resources that may be impacted by transportation projects, the Cultural Resource Section:

  • Conducts archaeological surveys to identify sites of prehistoric and historic importance
  • Examines architectural features, such as buildings, bridges and cemeteries
  • Researches historical records such as old maps, historic photos and government reports and
  • Consults with Native American tribes and organization

2014 Nevada Transportation Programmatic Agreement

Standard Treatment Plan

Standard Treatment Plan - Adversely Affected Historic Bridges

Annual Reports

The 2015 Annual Report is open for review and comment until the annual meeting between NDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the Nevada State Historic Preservation Officer which may happen in January of 2016. Please send comments for the 2015 Annual Report to C. Cliff Creger.

Bridge Program Comment - Post-1945 Concrete and Steel Bridges

Federal Highways Administration and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation worked together to develop a Program Comment to Streamline Section 106 for certain types of Post-1945 bridges. After working through the process, here is the list of common bridges and culverts that Federal Agencies do not have consider effects of undertakings on. Section 106 still has to be considered for undertakings outside of the bridge itself.

NDOT Public Cultural Heritage 

NDOT’s Cultural Resources team's efforts to bring the rich cultural heritage of the state to the public:

NDOT Celebrates 100 Years

Archaeology

NDOT archaeologists are fortunate to have the entire state of Nevada as a study area. Human occupation of Nevada spans at least the last 10,000 years and includes prehistoric, indigenous and historic cultures. Our primary purpose is to guide department projects through Historic Preservation laws established by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) so that cultural properties are avoided or minimally impacted by NDOT projects and are preserved in some manner for the benefit of our common cultural heritage. The Cultural Resource team advises NDOT on how to balance the protection of the resource with the transportation needs of the public.

C. Cliff Creger, M.A., RPA – Chief Archaeologist
Telephone: (775) 888-7666
Email: ccreger@dot.nv.gov 

Beth P. Smith, M.A., RPA, GISP – Lead Archaeologist
Telephone: (775) 888-7488
Email: bsmith2@dot.nv.gov 

Shannon Goshen, M.A. RPA – Archaeologist
Telephone: (775) 888-7897
Email: sgoshen@dot.nv.gov 

David Rigtrup, M.A. - Archaeologist
Telephone: (775) 888-7746
Email: drigtrup@dot.nv.gov

Kari Sprengeler, M.A. - Archaeologist 
Telephone (775) 888-7489
Email: ksprengeler@dot.nv.gov

Historic Architecture

Whenever federal money is involved with any Nevada Department of Transportation project, NDOT is legally required to comply with regulations set up by Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. This important Act established rules for identifying historic structures and evaluating how projects will impact these resources. NDOT takes considerable lengths to avoid affecting historically significant structures and buildings. If it is not feasible to avoid impacting an historic structure, the adverse impact must be mitigated. Mitigation can take the form of moving an historic home to a new location, documenting a building for the Historic American Building Survey to be kept at the National Archives, or planting trees to create visual barriers.

Alexis K. Thomas, M.S., MPS – Lead Architectural Historian
Telephone: 775-888-7478
athomas@dot.nv.gov

Suzan Slaughter, M.A., RPA – Archaeologist, Architectural History
Telephone: 775-888-7585
Email: sslaughter@dot.nv.gov 

Native American Consultation

Native American consultation is required by law for projects which receive federal funds. Most NDOT projects receive at least some federal funding. Native American consultation is conducted on a government-to-government basis and is undertaken by the Federal Highway Administration with the assistance of this program. This program addresses cultural issues, such as potential impacts to Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) and other historic properties to which tribes may attach cultural or religious significance. Other concerns, such as environmental or economic justice issues, are forwarded to the appropriate individuals within the Environmental Services Division.

Evan Pellegrini, M.A. - Native American Consultant
Telephone: 775-888-7092
Email: epellegrini@dot.nv.gov

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