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DOWNLOAD Guidelines for Cultural Resources Fieldwork & Report Writing in Arkansas (Appendices B and C from the State Plan)
Revised, effective January 1, 2010

You can also download the Archeological Records Forms provided by the Registrar or view Grave Concerns: A Preservation Manual for Historic Cemeteries in Arkansas provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

The Arkansas Archeological Survey collects information about sites through its 11 Research Stations, or regional offices, that are scattered across Arkansas, and through the Registrar's Office, which is a centralized records center in the Survey's main office in Fayetteville. Most Research Stations have responsibility for a group of specific Arkansas counties, but all the Survey's archeologists can pass site information on to the appropriate regional office.

Toltec MoundsAnyone can report an archeological site to the Survey by contacting one of the regional Research Stations or the Registrar's Office at the Survey's headquarters in Fayetteville (479-575-3556).

Site information is confidential so that sites won't be damaged or destroyed by vandals, and site owners won't be bothered with trespassers.

Tips for Reporting and Visiting Archeological Sites

  • If you would like to learn how to record sites, join the Arkansas Archeological Society and participate in the Archeological Survey/Society Amateur Training Program, which is open to anyone interested in the past.
  • If you find an archeological site on state or Federal property, report it to the agency manager or archeologist. Taking anything from these sites is against the law.
  • Always ask permission of a landowner before visiting an archeological site on private property. Never take anything from a site or disturb it in any way unless the landowner has given permission and you know how to keep a record of what is removed.
  • Never dig in an archeological site. Digging disturbs evidence and destroys part of the scientific value of a site and its artifacts.
  • Never dig in or disturb cemeteries, either marked or unmarked. Deliberate disturbance of any human grave without proper permits is now against the law.

For further information:

* * Information on this page was taken from the Survey's "Archeological Sites" flyer. You can download the complete flyer in PDF format—note that you will need the free Acrobat reader to view and print the document.

You can also download AAS site forms here.



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