Underwater Archaeology Branch

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.

N.C.'s First Heritage Dive Site

North Carolina’s first Heritage Dive Site, the Civil War blockade runner Condor, rests in 25 feet of water, about 700 yards off the beach in front of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 

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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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