Underwater Archaeology Branch

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Our Mission

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is also authorized to establish a professional staff for the purpose of conducting and/or supervising the surveillance, protection, preservation, survey and systematic underwater archaeological recovery of underwater materials as defined in G.S. 121-122 hereof.

NC Heritage Dive Sites

Explore North Carolina’s submerged cultural history at these Heritage Dive Sites open to the public! 

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National Register Historic Shipwreck Districts

A collection of shipwrecks worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, and culture.

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