An essential activity of the OSA is public education programs on prehistoric and historic archaeology. Staff archaeologists demonstrate archaeological techniques, give lectures, and prepare several types of publications on North Carolina archaeology. For more information about our public education program please contact us!
Join us as we explore North Carolina archaeology beneath the waters!
The waters off North Carolina contain NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and hundreds of years of maritime history, including one of the most significant battles in American History, World War II's Battle of the Atlantic. Over the last four decades, NOAA and the OSA have worked together to document, preserve, and honor this underwater cultural heritage and commemorate the sacrifices and accomplishments made by generations before us.
Presented in partnership by the NC Office of State Archaeology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
Working together to preserve our state's submerged cultural resources, NOAA and the OSA celebrate North Carolina's underwater cultural heritage while expanding recreational, tourism, education, and economic development opportunities. OSA fulfills its state law role to protect, preserve, survey, and recover submerged resources inland and within three nautical miles of the North Carolina coast, and works closely with Federal agencies like NOAA to protect and interpret shipwrecks important to North Carolina's history in Federal waters.
Many of our past lectures have been recorded and made available for viewing and sharing! Explore below to learn more about archaeology in our state and region.