Paleowest Remains at the Forefront of Innovation


We incorporate the latest technologies from the world's industries...

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And deliver unrivaled capabilities ...unbeatable quality and efficiencies

Our highly skilled technical staff have produced...

...client deliverables utilizing

Aerial Mapping

Our tech has no boundaries

PaleoWest routinely incorporates low-altitude aerial mapping into its projects, as well as providing it as a stand-alone service. Our team maintains a fleet of fixed-wing and multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for the purposes of low-altitude aerial mapping. Tackling the most challenging terrain with ease, our aerial UAVs produce survey-grade maps, elevation models, and 3D reconstructions at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Document and monitor vast areas while moving your major land development projects forward swiftly and without delay.


3D Modeling

Preserving the Past, Ready for the Future

PaleoWest’s pioneering work in site, landscape, and object preservation through digital 3D modeling has proven invaluable in worldwide heritage preservation. Individual objects from project or museum collections can be quickly modeled for digital preservation and 3D replica printing. For project sites under threat from looting or other kinds of destruction, this provides a precise digital record for condition assessments and, if necessary, later reconstruction.

Providing creative mitigation options for cultural resource projects, we produce and render our 3D models using non-invasive and non-destructive photogrammetry and Lidar.

Enhanced Artifact Illustration

Revealing Every Detail with Expert Knowledge

The photographing of artifacts and their features plays an integral role in PaleoWest projects, as we strive to preserve archaeological sites nationwide and globally. Gathered in the field or under controlled lab settings, our high-resolution images are used alongside sophisticated laser scanning devices to build 3D models of artifacts in incredible detail. Crucial to maintaining cultural resources, our team draws upon 3D applications and enhanced visualization tools to ensure that objects recovered from your major projects are correctly preserved.

Our enhanced artifact illustration tools achieve a level of detail, once only attainable by hand.

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Augmented & Virtual Reality

A New Perspective on History

Our augmented and virtual reality software has the capacity to overcome geographical barriers, providing clients, agencies, tribes, and the public with direct access to cultural resources. Commonly utilized for public outreach mitigation measures, its potential outputs include: 3D models hosted locally, or on a mobile device; video flythroughs of 3D environments; interactive PDF documents with live frames that permit touring of a site; immersive environments using screen based interface or goggles; or, in-field augmentation of reality with cultural elements.

With deliverables molded to your project demands, we can create immersive experiences that bring cultural heritage back to life.

Enhanced Feature Mapping

Capturing Features from Every Angle

The mapping of features in the field is a time-consuming operation. This is especially true when tackling complex stone features, bone beds, rock art panels, and other features where highly accurate measurements are essential. PaleoWest harnesses photogrammetry to expedite this process in the field, with enhanced feature mapping used to analyze features and produce detailed, full-scale 3D models. Outside the field, these models are utilized to calculate measurements of features, such as bone lengths and robusticity, sciatic notch size, and more.

A streamlined mapping process designed to save time, increase accuracy and reduce costs.

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A New Perspective from Above

Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a remote sensing method that uses near-infrared, visible light or ultraviolet light to measure the distance between an object and a sensor. PaleoWest is increasingly drawing upon Lidar elevation data in its diverse range of projects, gathering immensely valuable data from the air. Our team regularly uses this revolutionary technology to produce cultural resource sensitivity models, site maps, historic trail maps, and identify features not visible on the ground.

We use Lidar to cover large areas from the air, saving time previously spent on the ground and revealing sites of cultural significance with pinpoint accuracy.

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Story Maps

An Interactive Journey into the Past

Story maps are GIS-based interactive websites that can employ 2D images, 3D models, audio, and video files to convey a captivating narrative through maps. They can be used as a mechanism for touring historic properties in person or as a way to share a location's history with a broader audience unable to travel to the site physically. The technological innovation can also act as a mitigation measure, with story maps recommended by the Florida and Georgia State Historic Preservation offices instead of HABS documentation. Click here to see our Story Maps in action in Montgomery, Alabama.

Story maps offer an immersive online tour of key sites and historic properties. Preserving and celebrating our rich cultural history in a way that is accessible to all.

GIS Service

Mapping the Way

PaleoWest uses GIS (Geographic Information System) to prepare highly detailed maps for clients across the US. Assisting with database setup and management, GIS harnesses spatial information about a specific location to identify entities and locate features. This allows our team to create maps of project sites, with accuracies far surpassing those of hand-drawn maps. A key tool in the decision-making process, GIS insights allow land developers to learn more about a site's cultural heritage, making more informed project decisions as a result.

Inform your land development decisions with the most accurate and informative maps ever.


PaleoWest has remained at the forefront of technical innovation in cultural and heritage resources management by incorporating the latest innovations from the world’s industries. Our tech improves the efficiency of our work and the quality of our products – saving you time and money.


Aerial Mapping
3D Modeling
Enhanced Artifact Illustration
Augmented & Virtual Reality
Enhanced Feature Mapping
Story Maps
GIS Service



As the United States’ first all-digital organization of its kind, we harness a dynamic approach to ensure our clients are equipped to succeed in an ever-changing environment. Our ambition and appetite for innovation have brought forth a pioneering, transformational, and fully digital workflow for data collection and management. Named the PaleoWay, our approach draws on state-of-the-art technology in research and historic preservation to guarantee unrivaled quality and capabilities.

Save Time and Reduce Costs

Deploying the PaleoWay system for any project increases field data quality while simultaneously delivering a more agile, more accurate and faster collection process. These factors combined allow us to produce higher quality outcomes for clients – at a lesser expense and in an expedited time frame.

Speed Your Project To Completion

Our PaleoWay system rationalizes data collection, removes rework and error, and produces report-ready data from the get-go – resulting in a swift turnaround on deliverables. This assures that your projects stay on schedule and move smoothly towards completion.

Meet Compliance Requirements

The PaleoWay software is pre-programmed to interpret the compliance and regulatory requirements of your project – adhering to your state and county guidelines. As a result, we can confidently attest that your project will conform to all compliance requirements from the outset.

Case Study

Delivering the Impossible

Vintage Partners, Tuscon, Arizona

Leveraging our signature PaleoWay digital workflow system, we were able to meet a deadline for Vintage Partners in Tuscon, Arizona that would previously have been impossible. The field component of the land-development deal, which lay in direct conflict with a federally regulated prehistoric archaeological site, was slashed from 18 weeks down to just 10.

And better still, the clearance report was available for submission the day after the completion of fieldwork – allowing us to win approval from the lead federal agency in a remarkable 30 days. The revolutionary project stands as the nation’s first large-scale, all-digital archaeological excavation.

Supporting Clients Coast To Coast

No matter where you are in the country, we have the capabilities and resources to keep your project on track and on budget.

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