The Archaeology Unit of the Cultural Resources Section of the Office of Environmental Services is responsible for the identification and consideration of impacts of federally funded undertakings on archaeological properties, sites, or districts that are listed on, or may be eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Archaeology Unit is charged with documented archaeological resources, as well as implementing locational (reconnaissance) surveys, archaeological resource assessment surveys, and archaeological data recovery (mitigation) plans. The objective of these tasks is to ensure agency compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (codified as 36 CFR 800), with section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (codified as 23 USC 771), and with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The unit is also responsible for reviews for state funded projects under Sec 149.53 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Since Archaeological properties, sites, and districts vary significantly in terms of their formation and expression, an interdisciplinary approach incorporating ecological, geological, geographical and historical data is applied working with the Office of Environmental Services to enhance project planning and implementation, to efficiently coordinate the consultant review process, and to engage potentially interested parties, while providing proper management for Ohio’s cultural resources on all of ODOT's transportation projects.