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WALSH is very experienced in archaeological monitoring and has a fully equipped archaeology laboratory with all the physical and technical facilities necessary to expertly and efficiently analyze findings for project approval by the Ecuadorian National Institute of Cultural Patrimony (INPC).

WALSH will oversee the archaeological studies (diagnostic, prospecting, rescue and monitoring) and will contract an archaeologist accredited by the INPC to obtain the required authorization for the archaeological study and be able to conduct a detailed study prior to or during earth movement activities.

The elaboration of the archaeological monitoring report includes the following phases:
  • The Field Phase
  • The Laboratory Phase, which consists of several steps, including: washing, drying, classification, labeling, and reconstruction of the shape and border of cultural material, partial or total restoration, and inventory of items collected during monitoring work.
  • Classification and statistical inventory of cultural material
  • Material Analysis
  • Elaboration of the Report
  • Report Submitted to INPC for Analysis
  • Report Returned by INPC with Observations
  • Approval Granted
  • Cultural Material Submitted to the INPC
Prospecting and rescue are directly governed prior to project implementation, the first being a tool to propose project amendments and the second a tool to mitigate the impact to archaeological sites identified by archaeological prospecting that cannot be avoided during project implementation.

Investigation authorization requires analysis of all material obtained by the archaeologist and contractor during prospecting, rescue and monitoring. This information must then be labeled, inventoried and submitted to the INPC.

WALSH’s experience suggests that it is advisable to have an archaeological monitor at the worksite. The monitor can oversee various machines working simultaneously during earth movement. Based on experience, a monitor should be contracted for a minimum period of 15 days so that he/she does not overcharge for the daily costs established in the offer.

WALSH has the capacity to realize continuous monitoring of earth movement through the rotation of two archaeologists and/or assistants in 15 day cycles for the required time period. Based on experience, archaeologists estimate that laboratory work, material analysis and the report writing process will take approximately 3 days per day of fieldwork.
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