Request Site File Research Appointment

Submitted by swfranklin1 on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 14:34

Update as of June 23, 2022:

The Office of State Archaeology is continuing to return to more normalized operations following the changes implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2022, we will resume in-person background research in the OSA’s Raleigh office. Researchers and consultants will need to schedule appointments 24 hours in advance to conduct background research. OSA staff will no longer be able to provide remote digital site file services to researchers and consultants. We will still be offering remote site file searches to federal and state archaeologists. Archaeologists with federal and state agencies can continue to email their site file search requests to   

OSA maintains site files and survey reports in our Raleigh Office. By scheduling an appointment, professional archaeologists with consulting firms and students performing research can access this information - including site forms, reports, and site locations (GIS data exists for most sites, though many survey areas from 5+ years ago have not yet been added to GIS). Information on historic architectural resources can be obtained online at NC Historic Preservation Office’s HPOWEB.

Individuals accessing the OSA site files should be SOI-qualified archaeologists. If an SOI-qualified archaeologist is unable to perform in-person background research for the project, then the individual should be an archaeologist or SOI-qualified historic preservation specialist operating under the direct supervision of an SOI-qualified archaeologist. SOI qualifications are found here: Secretary of the Interior's (SOI) professional qualifications.

Any firms or individuals not on the OSA Archaeological Consultant List should complete a Consultants Questionnaire and submit to Completing this questionnaire allows OSA to ensure that an SOI-qualified archaeologist is directing the research.

Before requesting an appointment to access site file information, please review OSA’s Archaeological Investigation Standards and Guidelines for Background Research, Field Methodologies, Technical Reports, and Curation.

To schedule an appointment for in-person background research at OSA's Raleigh Office, fill out the form below 24 hours in advance. Site file research/background review will take place in OSA's Map Room where you will have access to GIS including tools to help you identify sites within your area of interest and locate associated scanned reports and site forms. Scans can be requested for any reports or forms not in digital format. Please remember to bring a means to save reports and forms (e.g., flash drive) and any GIS features for your project area(s).

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If your company is currently not on the list of consultants, please fill out our Consultant Questionnaire Form.

Contact Information

Check the box if the person filling out this form the same person that will be visiting Raleigh to conduct background research.

Researcher Information

Contact Information for Researcher

Name of person conducting research. If same, check box above.

Email of person conducting research.

Phone of person conducting research.

Is the Researcher an SOI-Qualified Archaeologist?

Those not SOI-Qualified must be working under the supervision of an SOI-Qualified Archaeologist.

*Reminder* If not an SOI-qualified archaeologists, researchers should be an
archaeologist or other SOI-qualified historic preservation specialist in a closely
related field (see NPS’s article Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation).

Appointment Details

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Appointments are 2.5 hour blocks or all day.

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