Versar, Inc. Acquires Geo-Marine, Inc.
Versar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VSR) has acquired Geo-Marine, Inc., a business with more than $20 million in annual revenues. The purchase price was paid with a combination of cash and seller notes. Geo-Marine, headquartered in Plano, Texas, provides engineering design, construction management, environmental planning and programming, and other services in support of a wide range of government, industry, and commercial clients.
Ethnographic research has moved to a more prominent position within cultural resources management studies due to the enactment of AIRFA and NAGPRA, the issuance of Executive Order 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites), and the political activism of Native Americans.
Documenting traditional cultural properties, assessing the potential impacts of proposed federal actions on sacred sites and traditional cultural properties, and determining cultural affiliation require the skills of an ethnographer. Equally important is an approach that is both sensitive to the subject community and focused on an objective assessment of the data. Our team has experience in:
- Ethnographic analysis
- Traditional cultural property research
- Lineal descent/cultural affiliation
- Oral histories
- Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act compliance
The Apache prisoner-of-war project, funded by the Legacy Program, was a unique study combining the results of ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and archaeological investigations. Historical/archival investigations were conducted at several repositories, including the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ethnographic data were collected, and interviews were conducted with six former prisoners of war, who were living at the time of this project, and with 10 first-generation descendants. Archaeological recording of the former sites of the villages was conducted.
A close working relationship with members of the Chiricahua/Warm Springs Fort Sill Apache Tribe and employment of a tribal member as a consultant and researcher culminated in both an extensive, in-depth analysis of an event that had previously received little scholarly attention and the preservation of historic sites important in the history of U.S./Native American interaction. The project’s primary purpose was to nominate the 12 former Apache prisoner-of-war village sites (identified through archival and archaeological research conducted by VersarGMI) at Fort Sill Military Reservation for inclusion in the NRHP.