In some situations, a Class II: Reconnaissance Inventory may be an acceptable strategy in combination with a Class I. Class II is usually used only as a methodology in large scale projects for locating areas with good or better cultural resources potential which would require investigation at the Class III level. Prior to undertaking a reconnaissance inventory, a Class I must be conducted in order to determine whether previously recorded cultural resources exist within the proposed project area, and to determine whether portions of the project area have been adequately surveyed in the recent past.
Only the lead agency in consultation with the ND SHPO can require that a Class II be conducted instead of a Class III Inventory. Private contractors permitted under the state for conducting archaeological work cannot make such determinations on their own in the field unless the lead agency and the ND SHPO have agreed to this method.
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