Old Metcalf Excavation

Founded in 1980, Metcalf began as Metcalf-Zier Archaeology, Inc. with an initial staff of six professional archaeologists. The company, based in Eagle, Colorado, conducted operations in the Rocky Mountain region, though some work included projects in the northern Great Plains and surrounding regions. From the beginning, company founders Michael and Sally Metcalf focused on integrating expert solutions with a strong service ethic to meet the needs of clients in the energy, outdoor recreation, and transportation sectors.

The company experienced early success during the 1980s, due largely to client relationships developed in the 1970s by Michael and Sally while working under a research association at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs. This client-oriented focus remains one of our defining qualities. Throughout our history, we have cultivated strong relationships with the same clients year after year; in some cases we have worked with clients for more than a decade.

ND testing in the snow

In 1991, Metcalf expanded operations by acquiring the company Cultural Research and Management, which became Metcalf's northern regional office in Bismarck, ND. In doing so, we provided more responsive service to clients operating in the northern Great Plains including the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.

In 2002, Mike and Sally restructured ownership of the company with the offering of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Plan provides employee-owners with a direct stake in the company's success by means of a retirement benefit. In 2007, the company became 100% employee-owned.

In 2005, the company began operating a small workspace in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (located in the Denver Metro area) which only employed a few archaeologists. Over time, the function of this office changed and in 2008 administrative operations were moved from Eagle to Wheat Ridge (in 2012, management moved to a new office in nearby Golden, CO). In addition to serving as company headquarters, archaeologists staffed in Golden execute projects along Colorado’s Front Range and eastern Plains, and eastern Wyoming.

Historical building in the snow

In 2010, Metcalf opened an office in Grand Junction, CO to better serve numerous clients with projects located in western Colorado and eastern Utah. In 2011, Metcalf expanded its service offerings by acquiring Laramie Soils Service and operating it as an independent division that provides geoarchaeology services to our clients. Additionally, in 2012 Metcalf expanded its presence in Montana by opening an office in Bozeman.

During more than 30 years of operation, our company held steadfast to our mission. Through all of the changes and expansions, we committed our efforts to ensure the successful completion of our clients' projects. Today, we remain dedicated to providing exceptional service and expert solutions in cultural resource management while furthering the profession's goal of understanding our nation’s cultural heritage.