Research & Education

Explaining archaeology to students


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.


The OSA library, the state's archaeological site inventory, and collections are made available for professional and student research. Please fill out an appointment request for access to these resources. 

Published Articles

Great Resources for Students, Teachers and Researchers

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.

Archaeology Posters

The Office of State Archaeology has created a series of posters for educational purposes on a variety of topics. They are available for download here.

Paleoethnobotany Poster

Underwater Archaeology Branch Poster

North Carolina Office of State Archaeology Informational Poster

More Posters:

"A New View of Southeastern Stone Fish Weirs" by David Cranford, exploring his research into these interesting features.




"We're Losing It!" by John Krizmanich, showing coastal erosion at the West Site.

"Working with Descendant Communities" by OSA, staff highlighting recent efforts to expand public outreach.





"An Enigmatic Posthole Feature at the Berry Site" highlights work done by North Carolina archaeologists, including Assistant State Archaeologist David Cranford.