OSA maintains site files and survey reports in our Raleigh and Asheville offices. 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 individual consultants not on the OSA Archaeological Consultant List should complete a Consultants Questionnaire. Completing this questionnaire allows OSA to ensure that an SOI-qualified archaeologist is directing the research.
Independent researchers (such as professors or university students) do not need to submit a consultant questionnaire, but do need to email a vita that demonstrates their SOI-qualifications to email@example.com. Researchers who are not SOI-qualified archaeologists should submit their own vita along with the vita of an SOI-qualified archaeologist supervisor.
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 or Asheville offices, fill out the form below at least 24 hours in advance. Site file research/background review at the Raleigh Office will take place in OSA's Map Room. Background research at the Asheville Office will take place on the second floor of the Office of Archives and History Building. Both locations provide 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).