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Celebrating our 22th year in business!

           

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  CELEBRATING 22 YEARS  
 

In February 2013 Archaeological Research Incorporated celebrated 22 years in business! We have grown from serving clients in Wisconsin and Illinois to serving clients in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Ohio. We have grown from one office in the west loop area of Chicago to offices located in Madison Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. Over the next few months we will begin to change information on this site to celebrate our 22nd Anniversary. Visit us again soon to see how we have changed!

 
     
  OUR BEGINNING  
  After working as a private consultant to state agencies and engineering firms in Illinois and Wisconsin throughout the 1980s, David Keene founded Archaeological Research, Incorporated (ARI) on February 15, 1991. The firms first office was on Morgan Street in the West Loop District of Chicago just west of Greek Town and north of the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus. Two years later the firm moved to larger office space just one block east along Jackson Boulevard.

In May of 1998, ARI established a permanent office in Middleton, Wisconsin on the outskirts of Madison. The staff at this office has ready access to the vast resources at the University of Wisconsin and is located near state agency offices involved in Section 106 and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Projects.

 

 
     
  TODAY  
  With a permanent full time staff of professionals specializing in archaeological and historic site analysis, all with graduate degrees. ARI now has two offices one in Chicago and one in Middleton, Wisconsin.  In January of 2010 our Chicago Office moved into new space in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood on the north side of the City of Chicago. Our client base has grown now to include the Illinois Toll Way, the City of Chicago, the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Army Corp of Engineers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, residential and commercial developers, fiber optic, pipeline and cell tower companies throughout the Midwest.  
     
  TOMORROW  
  Building on our work in cultural resource management a number of our staff and colleagues are developing some new areas of expertise. Most important of these is our experience in Heritage Tourism Consulting and the development of the Heritage Tourism web site known as www.Travelthepast.com  Travelthepast works to connect travelers to historic sites with amenities and recreational opportunities that will enrich their experience of the past!  Watch this site grow!  
   
 
  SOME NOTABLE PROJECTS  
  In 2006 ARI assisted the Milwaukee Architectural firm of Uihlein/Wilson and the University of Wisconsin at Madison in conducting archaeological investigations on the UW campus for the the expansion of the Lake Shore Residence Hall Complex.  The University of Wisconsin Madison has more archaeological sites and prehistoric mounds than any other university campus in the United States.

 

 
  In 2005 ARI completed a two year study identifying and assessing the effects on archaeological and historic resources of one of the largest public works projects in US History.  ARI  assisted the team lead by the Engineering Firm of Crawford, Murphy and Tilley to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the "Chicago O'Hare Airport Expansion Project." This work was completed under the direction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Chicago.  
       
       
  In 2002, ARI under contract with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service developed a resource management plan for Historic Resources on Route 66 in Oklahoma.  
     
       
  In 1992, ARI completed its first Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)Project for the United States Postal Service. In expanding its the Main Chicago Post Office Facility, the Postal Service needed to remove the Marshall Field River Warehouse designed by Daniel Burnham in 1904. Heritage Research, Ltd., of Milwaukee assisted us on this project.  
       
  Archaeological Investigations in urban environments is one area of specialty for ARI.  In 2004, with the assistance of Blinderman Construction, ARI worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) on the site of the new FBI Building in Chicago.

 
       
 

ARI  is involved in intensive excavations on historic and prehistoric sites throughout the Midwest. On one site, the Pine River Site (47Ri318) near the town of Gotham, Wisconsin,  nearly 80,000 artifacts were recovered. These excavations confirmed the presence Archaic, Middle and Late Woodland components.

 
 
       
  Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Documentation is an important component in ARI's services to government agencies. In 2005 ARI completed HAER documentation on the Hofmann Dam in Riverside for the Chicago District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Copies of the HAER Report and Measured Drawings can be found here as well as on our Portfolio of Projects Page.  
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
IMPORTANT NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS
 

 

 

 
   
   
 
WORK IN PROGRESS
   
   
   
   
   
   
IMPORTANT SITES TO CONSIDER
Take a look at the new research conducted by Pamela Bannos of Northwestern University on the Lincoln Park Cemetery - a site Archaeological Research Inc., worked on in the year 2000.  See Pamela's work and the video taken by ARI on the cemetery excavations at Hidden Truths.

 

 
 
Check our Annotated Links Page for information and links to web sites dealing with archaeology, historic preservation, and Section 106 compliance issues. In addition we would like to call attention to the following pages:
   
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Contact us at 608-836-8677        
             
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Revised and updated with new information: 08/08/2013 09:28 PM