The NE ARC is a privately owned company located in Farmington, Maine. Located, in the foothills of the Western Maine Mountains, NE ARC is centrally located in the northern New England region. The NE ARC is committed to historic preservation and provides a wide range of high quality and cost effective cultural resource management consulting services to its clients. The organization is a for profit corporation established in 2008, registered in the State of Maine and self-certified with the CCR (Cage #5AM59) as a woman-owned, small business. Ellen R. Cowie and Robert N. Bartone serve as the two principal officers and sole owners of the business. The NE ARC team was formerly the University of Maine at Farmington Archaeology Research Center (UMF ARC) which was founded in 1984, but upon the decision by UMF to phase out the consulting archaeology program, Ellen and Robert established a private corporation to continue the work that they had successfully conducted in the University-based setting for 26 years.
The principals and staff have over 27 years of consulting archaeology experience in northern New England, primarily in the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and have completed several thousand cultural resource consulting studies during this time. These efforts are directed at cultural resource management studies for corporate, private, federal, state and municipal entities; these efforts being the direct result of historic preservation legislation as one compliance component of environmental studies.