Environmental Review Procedures
A prominent portion of North Carolina’s underwater archaeology program has involved its environmental review system, which seeks to protect historic shipwrecks and other submerged sites from water-related construction projects. Backed by federal legislation, the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office has developed a strong review program for historic buildings and terrestrial archaeological sites since 1968 and beginning about 1976, the Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) took an active role in protecting submerged cultural remains through the review process.
The 1982 review procedures (revised in 2004) outline the type of historical and archaeological data reviewed by UAB staff to determine the potential a prospective construction site has for affecting submerged archaeological resources.
Click here to read the 2004 Environmental Review Procedures for underwater archaeological resources.