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 Carnes-McNaughton of the Cultural Resources Management Program at Fort Bragg
08/30/2018 - 11:30a.m.
Presented by:
Office of State Archaeology
10/12/2018 - 9:00a.m.

Lecture Series

Promotional Video

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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Internship Opportunity

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Educational Posters

Monday, November 13, 2017

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 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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