Education & Outreach


An essential activity for the OSA involves 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. Targeted audiences include school groups, amateur archaeological and historical societies, and government agencies that deal with archaeology. Staff archaeologists also share important information on North Carolina through workshops, symposia, and professional papers at state, regional, and national archaeological meetings. For more information about our public education program please contact us.


Resources for Students and Teachers

The Carolina Algonkians - An excellent source page devoted to primary historical and archaeological information pertaining to the Algonkians. 

Native American Settlement of North Carolina

Trail of Tears Association, North Carolina Chapter

AnthroNotes Digital Repository - The entire collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology publication AnthroNotes (1979-2012) and 262 individual AnthroNotes articles can be downloaded in three formats (PDF, mobi, ePub) from the Smithsonian Libraries digital database. The database is searchable by author, title, year and subject. Searches may be conducted in over 40 topics, including geographic regions, contemporary issues, and education. AnthroNotes includes research-based articles by leading scholars in the field as well as classroom-tested activities.

Secrets of the Nolichucky River - (Nolpix Media, with permission) Just over the North Carolina border in eastern Tennessee, archaeologists explore a Cherokee village on the Nolichucky River with links to the Juan Pardo Expedition. This documentary provides a great introduction to modern archaeological methods of investigation.


2020 Lecture Series

The Office of State Archaeology will host speakers each month throughout the year on the many great aspects of archaeology. Topics will center on recent investigations or research conducted in North Carolina. All lectures are held in the NC Archives and History Auditorium at 109 E Jones Street in Raleigh. Lectures are free and open to the public. When possible, the lectures are available on YouTube as live streams or recordings. Join us for these fascinating events!

Upcoming Lectures

Past Lecture Archive