Site File Research Update as of March 7, 2020: In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Office of State Archaeology will suspend public operations beginning March 17, 2020. During this time, our facilities will not be open to the public, which includes consultants wishing to access our site files for conducting background research. Update as of November 30, 2020: Under guidance from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Department of Health and Human Services, the OSA will continue to suspend public operations until at least March 31, 2021. OSA staff have remote access to site files and are able to provide consultants with information for project background research, including site forms, reports, and site location shapefiles (and shapefiles of any digitized survey areas, though many from 5+ years ago have not yet been digitized in GIS). Information on historic architectural resources can be obtained online at NC Historic Preservation Office’s HPOWEB. In order to access OSA site files (including having OSA staff conduct a remote site file search), archaeologists must meet the Secretary of the Interior professional qualifications. Any firms or individuals not on the OSA Archaeological Consultant List should complete a Consultants Questionnaire and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completing this questionnaire allows OSA to ensure that a SOI-qualified archaeologist is directing the research. Before requesting site file information, please review OSA’s Archaeological Investigation Standards and Guidelines for Background Research, Field Methodologies, Technical Reports, and Curation. Requests for background research/site file searches should be submitted to email@example.com. To allow OSA staff to successfully conduct remote site file searches, please provide the following information. OSA staff cannot begin to process requests without this information. General project information: Project name/description Client name County or counties in which the project area is located (and nearest municipal area if not providing GIS files). Locational map showing the boundaries of your project area (e.g., aerial map with labeled roads, topo map with labels and at a zoom extent it could be relocated, etc.) Environmental Review Information: Is the background research request for Section 106 compliance or due diligence? Assigned Environmental Review (ER) number if the project has already been submitted through the HPO/OSA environmental review process and received an ER number. A shapefile (preferred format) or KML/KMZ file if available. Desired buffer/search radius: OSA guidelines suggest a one-mile search radius for most Section 106 compliance projects, however not all projects coming through review may need that much information initially. OSA can provide the following research results. Please indicate in the email what data is requested. List of sites within the project area and overall search area along with the associated site forms. GIS shapefiles for sites within the project area and overall search area. List of previous surveys within the project area and overall search area along with associated reports. (Please note, not all reports have been digitized. If a digital copy is not available, we will send you the bibliographic information and ask if you would like us to have the report scanned.) GIS shapefiles for previous surveys within the project area and overall search area. (Please note, not all previous surveys have been mapped in GIS. You will receive screenshots of the survey areas drawn on a quad map when this is the case.) *Please note that if after you receive your research results you recognize you need additional information, you will need to submit a new request. OSA staff are striving to complete search requests within ten business days, dependent on the size of the project, how many sites and surveyed areas there are within the search area, and availability of digital records. Please note, we are prioritizing projects that have already come through the Historic Preservation Office’s Environmental Review process (and have an ER number) and have been recommended for survey by OSA staff. Not all site forms and reports have been scanned into our digital collection, but OSA staff are regularly scanning and adding these requested files. We appreciate your patience as we provide this service in addition to our usual duties and responsibilities.