Nebraska Cultural Resources GIS

The State Archeology Office maintains records on all known archeological resources in Nebraska. This includes data on over 11,000 reported archeological sites. Information on sites is provided by archeologists working on research and compliance projects in the state, as well as by engaged landowners and members of the public.

The SAO site files provide the only centralized source of archeological data for research and cultural resource management in the state. Available records include site forms, photos, maps, field notes, bibliographic references, excavation records, and artifact inventories. The Nebraska Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (NCRGIS) also exists as a spatial database of site attribute and survey location information. All files and databases are kept up-to-date and maintained as new sites and survey records are submitted in cooperation with the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office (NeSHPO).



Patrons wishing to access Nebraska archeological sites data should contact the Archeology Collections Curator. The NCRGIS and state site files are open for on-site access by appointment. Because of the restricted nature of archeological site locations, many of the archives housed at the State Archeology Office are not available to the general public.

The NCRGIS is not currently available online, but information about known sites and surveys may also be obtained via an archeological records search for research or regulatory compliance.

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