Office of State Archaeology

What We Do

The Office of State Archaeology (OSA) serves North Carolina’s citizens through programs that identify archaeological resources on land and beneath state waters. OSA archaeologists and staff are specialists with decades of academic training and practical experience, which we apply to gather and share knowledge about the vast time range (more than 12,000 years) of North Carolina’s historic experience.

We protect the state’s legacy of Native American villages, colonial towns, farmsteads, and historic shipwrecks through application of state and federal archaeology laws and regulations, and by maintaining inventories of site data and artifact collections. OSA furnishes professional archaeology services to government agencies, museums, schools and the general public. Appreciation of our state’s cultural heritage enhances the social, educational, cultural and economic future of North Carolina.

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Environmental Review

By law, we provide guidance to help the federal, state, and local governments plan projects that account for our state's archaeological heritage.

Our Environmental Review Program

Get Involved

You can help save our archaeological heritage by recording archaelogical sites, collecting artifacts, and learning about our state's history. Together, we can save the past for the future.

Learn How to Get Involved

Latest News

Friday, October 21, 2016 | Press Release
Friday, September 30, 2016 | Press Release
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | Press Release

Who's My Archaeologist?

View an interactive map with contact information for State Archaeologists assigned to different regions of North Carolina.

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