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Brafferton dry wellThe William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research was established to provide cultural resource research services for public and private agencies and organizations. Services include cultural resource management studies, archaeological survey, testing, data recovery, material culture analysis, historical research and interpretation, GIS applications, architectural survey, National Register nomination, HABS and HAER survey, historic building conditions analysis, maintenance plans, restoration plans, stabilization plans and historic building materials analysis.

The Center's professional staff has wide-ranging expertise with both prehistoric and historic-period sites across Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond. The Center's facilities include offices, laboratories and collection storage with access to specialized computer and materials testing equipment.

Accotink Methodist Church belfry, Fairfax County, VirginiaThe Center performs cultural resource management studies for federal, state, and local governmental agencies, environmental and engineering firms, and planners and developers. Professional assistance is provided in identifying cultural resources, determining their nature and extent, evaluating their eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and data recovery efforts. This assistance includes archaeological surveys and excavations, historical research, preparation of cultural resource planning overviews and preparation of cultural resource reports for inclusion in Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).

The Center also offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for practical experience in the growing field of public archaeology.

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