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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Upcoming Events

Presented by:
Dr. Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton
10/23/2017 - 11:30a.m.
Presented by:
Dr. Michael O. Hartley
10/25/2017 - 6:30p.m.

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. 

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A collage of archaeological traveling exhibit displays at Yates Mill
New Archaeology Traveling Exhibit

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kids work with lab technician to wash artifacts

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Poster Showing Kron House artifacts and results

Friday, May 26, 2017

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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