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Archaeological Records Management
SHPO Archaeological Services maintains a statewide archaeological inventory database with over 38,000 prehistoric and historic-period archaeological sites and over 22,000 archaeological reports.

Access to SHPO Archaeological Records 

Due to the sensitivity of the information, access to SHPO Archaeological Records is restricted and an appointment for research is required. Professional archaeologists working on a project may be provided unrestricted access to SHPO Archaeological Records if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. "Qualified Archaeologist" as defined in ORS 390.235 (6)(b).
  2. Member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists.
  3. Graduate student with written justification for access from a qualifying faculty (access may be for a limited time).
  4. Archaeologists who are working for an agency or consulting firm where their immediate supervisor has a graduate degree in Anthropology and/or is a current member of the RPA (options 1 or 2 above).
Research Appointments and Policy

With a scheduled appointment, Archaeological Services staff can assist a qualified researcher with access to maps, reports, and site forms for their area of interest. To schedule an appointment, please contact any of the SHPO archaeological staff via phone (see Contact Us page) since e-mails may be delayed in delivery. A new researcher is required to bring a current resumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) with them for SHPO files. The minimum time allowed to make a research appointment is 48 hours in advance, however, at least a week´s notice is preferred. Please read the Records Research Policy for further details.

Archaeological Databases

The Bibliographic Database consists of report-specific information including a radiocarbon (14C) database and obsidian source database. SHPO maps have been converted into a computerized Geographical Information System (GIS) and current archaeological sites and surveys are directly entered into this GIS program (ArcView/ArcGIS 8.3).
Currently SHPO Archaeological Services is creating an integrated "Archaeological Inventory Database" that will consist of digitized maps of known cultural resources and previous archaeological surveys; scanned archaeological site forms and survey reports; a bibliographic database; General Land Office (GLO) survey maps; and orthographic photo maps. Our goal is to provide qualified researchers access to a computer terminal with the integrated Archaeological Inventory Database at its office in Salem to fully investigate their area of interest.