Office of State Archaeology

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 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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Lecture Series

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WWII Battle of the Atlantic

Submerged NC: World War II's Battle of the Atlantic - When the War Came to America

Join Shannon Ricles, Education and Outreach Coordinator with NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to learn more about this American Theater of World War II and why the area off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, became the strategic hotspot for the Battle of the Atlantic. In this webinar, "dive" under the water to view the wrecks as they rest today and hear their stories of bravery and sacrifice. Dive even deeper with historical and underwater images and videos, along with 3-D representations and sonar images. Preview the free 204-page curriculum guide designed to help students understand the causes of the war, the role women played in the military and on the home front, the importance of the Battle of the Atlantic, and NOAA's role in preserving our nation's maritime heritage resources.

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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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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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