Archaeological Survey and Site Recording

The Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) curates data on more than 18,000 archaeological sites recorded in the state by professional and amateur archaeologists and we encourage all Missouri citizens to document and report sites they have encountered for inclusion in the Missouri SHPO Site File. The SHPO's archaeological site form is available here in PDF format: Archaeological Site Form and Instructions and may be submitted via email or mailed to the address listed on the form (Note: maps (items 40-41) are required). For those seeking guidance on the conduct of archaeological survey in Missouri, our Guidelines for Phase I Archaeological Surveys and Reports are also available online.

Site Form Submission

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.

Archaeology Viewer is a password-protected tool that 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 additional specific personnel. To subscribe to the Archaeology Viewer service, contact the Section 106 Compliance Coordinator at 573-751-7862 or via email.

For inquiries regarding archaeological survey in the context of Section-106 compliance, please visit our Section 106 review page.