Archeology and History: Texas' Cultural Environment

As TxDOT builds roads and bridges, archeologists and historians review how transportation projects might affect Texas' history, heritage and cultural environments.

Addressing cultural resources is one step in the environmental review process that all projects must go through before construction.

So what are cultural resources? Cultural resources include bridges and buildings, archeological sites and cemeteries, sacred/religious landmarks and sites, and historical objects.

TxDOT consults with the Texas Historical Commission, the cultural resources community and federally recognized Native American tribes to determine how to manage cultural resources under the guidance of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Cultural Resource Projects

If a project cannot avoid affecting a cultural resource, TxDOT can mitigate adverse effects by excavating, studying and curating artifacts; documenting artifacts or historic resources; and/or public outreach. This research adds to the knowledge base of and engages the community in Texas history.

Get Involved with the Cultural Resources Process

More information on tribal consultation and consultation principles is available for federally recognized tribes.

Have a concern about how TxDOT project will affect a historic property or site in your community? Request to participate in the cultural resource review process and include the project ID. You will receive project information and opportunities to identify and comment on historic or archeological sites.