Our goal is to explore Alabama's prehistory and history
and interpret it for the Alabama taxpayers.
The archaeology program at the AHC provides
technical assistance primarily to the Historic Sites
owned by the AHC. Depending on the availability of
time and funds we can also provide limited survey
and excavation of sites owned by other public
institutions or by private individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the AHC archaeologists do the archaeological
survey or excavation that is required by a Federal
Agency or its state representative (the 106
NO. The archaeologists at the AHC also work for the
State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and
review the reports from surveys and excavations
generated by section 106 in the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended). It would be
a conflict of interest if we both did section 106
archaeology and reviewed 106 reports for quality.
Can the AHC archaeologists determine the value of my
collection of artifacts?
We do not do evaluations of artifacts for sale in
the antiquities trade. Professional ethics do not
allow archaeologists to buy and sell artifacts. We
can, however, make a non-monetary estimate of the
scientific value of a collection.
Can the AHC archaeologists save a site that is on
private land and is endangered by development?
This is a rare event. The AHC archaeologists will
try to investigate and record endangered sites, but
the AHC rarely purchases sites or funds full
excavations. Other organizations such as the
Archaeological Conservancy can sometimes purchase a
site. Archaeology almost never halts a project,
particularly if it is on private land.