Guidelines for Project Review

For information on guidelines for historic resources, please visit the National Register Program section of our Web site. For guidance on compliance documentation requirements for pipeline projects, please consult Survey Guidelines for Pipeline Projects, Above Ground Resources (2013)

These Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations (PDF, 244 KB) contain the standards and specifications by which the BHP reviews and evaluates archaeological survey methods and results, reports, and recommendations. They are intended to insure consistency in BHP evaluations and comparability of data. The guidelines are intended to insure that archaeological studies reviewed by the BHP conform to standards for archaeological survey, data recording and report production currently accepted in the profession.

The following, Site Identification Guidelines (PDF, 8 KB), represent Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS) site identification criteria and definitions developed by the Section of Archaeology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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The Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP), a separate bureau of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), is responsible for the planning and review of historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations. The State Museum's Section of Archaeology curates collections resulting from these investigations.  The Curation Guidelines (2006) (PDF, 212 KB) set forth standards for the preparation of archaeological collections designated for curation at the Section of Archaeology, The State Museum of Pennsylvania.