State Historic Preservation Office

Archaeological Surveys and Reports

Curious about shipwrecks, arrowheads and pottery shards, mastodons, caves and the work of the archaeologist?  Check out our Public Archaeology webpage!

Want to find out how to report a site you've discovered? You've come to the right place!

The recordation of archaeological sites is key to Missouri's historic preservation efforts. Overall, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office has collected data on more than 17,500 archaeological sites. Information gathered on these resources is housed in the SHPO's Missouri Cultural Resource Inventory.

Amateurs as well as professionals are encouraged to document and report archaeological sites for inclusion in the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office Site File.

Missouri Guidelines for Phase I Archaeological Surveys and Reports are now available online. The SHPO's archaeological site form is available in two formats:

Note icon. You will be able to save and reuse the PDF form, but you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 or higher to save it on your computer. The Email Form (online) versions can be filled out on your computer and emailed or electronically submitted. Regardless of the form you choose, maps (items 40-41) are required; these may be submitted via mail or email to the address provided on the form you have selected.

Upon receipt of a completed form, a SHPO staff member will register the site, issue a site number and enter it into the SHPO's statewide GIS (geographic information systems) database in order to electronically document and help protect Missouri's valuable cultural resources.

In addition, Archaeology Editor, a password-protected service for those doing archaeological projects in Missouri, allows professionals in the field to input their own site and survey data into the SHPO archaeology database via any high-speed web connection.

Archaeology Viewer is a second password-protected tool. It allows those doing preliminary archaeological background research to view site and survey data in the SHPO GIS database. Be advised that the data displayed in the Viewer application is constantly updated and cannot be regarded as wholly complete.

Pursuant to federal regulations, archaeological GIS data is restricted to professional archaeologists, those working/studying under the direct supervision of a professional archaeologist, or entities or personnel that have a legitimate "need to know" as determined by the SHPO. To subscribe to either the Archaeology Editor or Archaeology Viewer service, contact the Cultural Resources Inventory Coordinator at (573) 751-7861 or via email.

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