Office of State Archaeology

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Who We Are

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 14,000 years -- of North Carolina’s historic experience.

We protect the state’s legacy of American Indian 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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Programs

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Accessing Site Files

The OSA maintains archaeological site files and survey reports in our Raleigh Office. Professional archaeologists with consulting firms and students performing research can access this information in-person, by appointment.

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Lecture Series

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Archaeological Stewardship in North Carolina: What? Why? and How?

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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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Our Offices

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Compliance Review

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

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