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Surveys Unlimited Research Associates

Archaeology · Historic Preservation · Cultural Resource Management

SURA is a veteran-owned Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firm that conducts Phase I surveys, Phase II National Register Testing and Phase III Data Recovery, as well as initial assessments, damage assessments, construction monitoring, research plans, site probability evaluations, cemetery surveys and site relocations. Since 1986, SURA has carried out hundreds of projects ranging from assessments to full-scale excavations.


SURA is owned by Dr. Malcolm Shuman, who, in addition to working  on archaeological projects in Mexico, France, Texas, and the American Southwest, has more than 40 years of experience with Louisiana archaeology. The team at SURA is passionate about the preservation of Louisiana's cultural heritage. SURA archaeologists strive to safeguard the past, while working with clients to move the state into the future.


In today's competitive environment, time is of the essence. The SURA team tailors its services to meet the time-sensitive needs of the customer, working expeditiously and efficiently. CRM surveys are executed in a manner that reflects a duel emphasis on the client and the meticulous creation of cultral material remains.


Transparency is our watchword. SURA archaeologists work in accordance with U.S. federal regulations and state mandates to sustain Louisiana's rich cultural heritage. Moreover, team members maintain open lines of communication between the client and the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) to provide optimal solutions to customers' development needs.


What We Do



Phase I Surveys
Phase II National Register Testing
Phase III Data Recovery
Initial Assessments
Damage Assessments
Construction Monitoring
Research Plans
Site Probability
Cemetery Surveys
Site Relocations



US Forest Service
Louisiana Department of National Resources
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge
Corps of Engineers (Vicksburg District)
City of Shreveport Airport Authority
St. Charles Parish Police Jury
Exxon Pipeline Company
Amoco Pipeline Company
Louisiana Hunt Oil Company
Hogan Exploration
GEC, Inc.
SJB Group, Inc.
R-S-H Engineers
Ford Bacon and Davis Engineers
Compliance Consultants, Inc.
Urban Systems, Inc.
A. Wilbert and Sons, Inc.
Audubon Park (New Orleans)


Employment & Education

In addition to ensuring quality service to our clients, SURA endeavors to give back to the archaeological community. Recognizing the need for young archaeologists to apply and refine the skills they acquire in the classroom, SURA provides employment opportunities for recent college graduates during the busy spring and summer field seasons. As employees at SURA, new professionals are given a prime opportunity to hone their proficiency in the field and the laboratory, as they work alongside seasoned archaeological specialists. In this environment, newly minted archaeologists expand their knowledge base as researchers, team members, and team leaders. The result is a collective of well-rounded, exceptionally qualified individuals who thrive in a highly competitive job market.


The SURA office is located in mid-city Baton Rouge, LA, in the Garden District. Mail may be sent to:

P.O. Box 14414
Baton Rouge, LA  70898-4414


Email:   Phone: (225) 381-8201