We're more than just a museum - we are actively in
the field every day!
Cultural Resource Management is an
important element of undertaking projects for the energy
resources and construction industries, as well as
government agencies in the Four Corners Region.
The Division of Conservation Archaeology
(DCA) has been operating as an internal
subdivision of the San Juan County Museum Association
since 1978. Based at San Juan County’s Salmon Ruins
Museum, DCA is located near Bloomfield, New Mexico, near
the rich energy deposits containing natural gas, oil,
and coal. DCA provides services to a broad
client base serving a variety of needs.
The DCA is
constantly at work providing numerous professional cultural
resource management services to to a broad client base
serving a variety of needs, including businesses, local,
state, and federal government, law enforcement, and even
- Clearance Surveys
- Site Recording
- Eligibility Determinations
- Damage Assessments
- Construction Phase Monitoring
- Cultural Resource Overviews
- Historic Structure Preservation Field and site surveying
Cultural Resource Clearance
DCA has an experienced staff of six permitted archaeologists
to conduct cultural resource clearance surveys. Projects can be
undertaken in northwestern New Mexico and southwest Colorado.
Some of the current permitting includes:
- Bureau of Land Management (including the Dinetah area)
- USDA Forest Service
- States of New Mexico and Colorado
- Navajo Nation
- Jicarilla Apache Nation
Archaeologists can effectively undertake
pedestrian surveys, site recordation, and National Register
eligibility evaluations according to the guidelines and
stipulations of each land managing agency. Compliance of the law
with an effective understanding of cultural resource eligibility
determinations provides a mechanism for efficient completion of
any project from field work to report submittal. Professional report preparation using GIS formatting has become
a standard for all managing agencies.
Excavational data recovery may be necessary in some cases. The
DCA team is experienced in site mitigation and data recovery.
In the past 35 years, DCA has conducted over 20 mitigation
projects, producing publishable level reports.
may require special studies to complete a given project. A few
examples of these studies may include:
DCA can conduct select studies in-house or
use proven consultants to complete the research.
Construction Phase Monitoring
When construction needs to proceed in close proximity to
cultural resources, monitoring may be stipulated for site
protection and to record inadvertent cultural discoveries. The
DCA staff provides construction phase monitoring to facilitate
Our experienced team of Native American stabilization specialists
regularly undertake preservation projects on prehistoric and
historic structures. Their work related to condition assessment
and ruins stabilization is tailored to preserve the structural
as well as the stylistic integrity of Southwestern adobe and
DCA's Management Team has a
track record of bringing projects to completion in a timely and
highly effective manner. The team can council clients in
relation to compliance with agency regulations and the needs of
a given project's undertaking in terms of rights of ways,
cultural buffers, recordation requirements, etc. These are
essential in keeping projects on schedule. Competitive rates
complement the effectiveness of the organization. A rate
schedule is available upon request.
Remember that the SJCMA is a
Our overhead revenue from DCA projects goes directly to support
educational programs, exhibits, and cultural activities at the
Salmon Ruins Museum.
Please be sure to contact us with any questions!
Division of Conservation Archaeology
P.O. Box 125
Bloomfield, NM 87413
Phone: (505) 632-2779
Fax: (505) 632-1707