Guidelines & Forms

Guidelines for Archaeological Investigation and Curation

The OSA is pleased to announce the availability of our new guidelines for background research, field methods, technical reports, and curation. The guidelines below, in final form, were updated in December 2017.

Standards and Guidelines

Artifact Curation and Donation

The OSARC accepts state- and federally-owned collections for permanent curation, as well as private donations. The forms below are needed for both types of collections. See the Curation page for more information.

Incoming Collections Form

Deed of Gift Form

Site Forms

The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology currently distributes three (3) types of archaeological site recording forms:

1. North Carolina Archaeological Site Form VIII is the most comprehensive reporting form and must be used to report sites recorded during any compliance-related projects or projects funded under state grants or contracts in North Carolina. The site form handbook is available in PDF format.

2. The Citizen Archaeologist Form is a form for members of the public to report sites. Visit our Citizen Archaeologist page for guideance on filling out and submitting a form.

3. The Cemetery Site Form is specific to recording and reporting cemeteries. Please visit our Cemetery Page, for more information about cemeteries, 

Completed forms should be sent to:

Site Registrar
Rosie Blewitt-Golsch
Office of State Archaeology
4619 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4619

Once the site location is checked against the OSA maps, a Permanent State Site Number will be assigned by the Site Registrar and sent back to you. If you have any questions about filling out or filing site forms and acquiring site numbers contact the OSA Site Registrar at (919) 814-6558 or by email.


The Process for Acquiring an ARPA Permit

Permits are required for any archaeological work conducted on state-owned and state-controlled lands under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA). According to the state's administrative code, the Office of State Archaeology issues ARPA permits to qualified archaeologists.

There are two types of permits: a specific permit, the most common type, is issued to the principal investigator for a specific project; and a general permit is issued to the principal investigator (PI) or staff at a State land managing agency. General permits cover any and all archaeological investigations conducted by the PI (or his/her designee) on land managed by that agency. General permits are good for 5 years while specific permits cannot exceed 3 years. Underwater Permits are separate from General or Specific Permits, for more information on Underwater Permits please contact Chris Southerly ( or John Mintz ( 

Please select and complete the correct permit application below and email or mail it to John Mintz (, cc Once the application is received you will be sent a fingerprint card, a release form, and an instruction form. Using the finger print card you will receive, the applicant should get their fingerprints taken by law enforcement, sign the release form and return both to OSA with a check (made out to the Office of State Archaeology) for $38.00. The finger prints will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation who will perform a criminal background check. Criminal background checks are good for one year. If another permit is needed within that time period, another criminal background check is not needed. The applicant will be notified when the background check is completed. Please contact us if you have questions or need more information.

Download the ARPA Permit Application:




More Information on Underwater Permits