Department of Anthropology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
General Policy Statement
Updated September 1, 2010
The Georgia Archaeological Site File exists for the use of individuals, government agencies, and organizations that are engaged in legitimate research and cultural resource management activities. The File is located in the ground floor of Riverbend Research Laboratory on the southeastern edge of the University of Georgia campus in association with the Laboratory of Archaeology of the Department of Anthropology. Included are over 51,000 site forms, a complete set of USGS 1:24,000 maps for Georgia with all sites mapped, over 5500 CRM reports, and over 1000 additional manuscripts. The Site File is open from 8 AM until 5 PM Monday through Friday. The voice telephone number is 706-542-8737, and the FAX number is 706-542-8920. Copying is available at 10 cents per page. No maps or reports may be borrowed or removed for any purpose from the facility.
Paragraph of Disclaimer
Georgia Archaeological Site File
Although research conducted at the Georgia Archaeological Site File is useful for gaining a preliminary understanding of the distribution of archaeological resources in a given area, there are important limits to this data that must be understood to evaluate the data properly. First, the presence of a few sites in the area of interest does not by any means imply that the location of all sites in the area are known. In most cases the data are quite spotty. Second, archaeological salvage and mitigation work on known sites may ultimately turn out to be less expensive than the mitigation of unknown sites discovered later in a project. Human settlement has traditionally been centered upon well-drained soils on level ground with a nearby fresh water supply. While areas meeting these obvious criteria are certainly more likely locations for archaeological sites than other locations within a project area, there may be sites located anywhere within an area. In light of these factors, it is often prudent to seek the consultation of a professional archaeologist to assess the possible impact of a proposed project on its cultural resources.
In addition to our policy, Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia DNR has issued a memorandum, briefly mentioned above, to which contract archaeologists should pay special attention. If you cannot view this letter in Adobe Acrobat it is available in text only format.
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