The Archaeology and Historic Preservation collections contain over 12 million prehistoric and historic artifacts from sites across North Dakota. Embodying the state’s rich cultural heritage, the archaeological collections are used for scientific research, education, and exhibits, and are preserved in perpetuity for the people of North Dakota.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) is the official repository for all artifacts recovered from state lands, and also holds a large number of privately donated objects and federal collections curated under long-term agreements. Questions regarding the donation of archaeological artifacts from private lands, the submission of artifacts from state or federal lands, or SHSND curation standards and guidelines can be directed to Wendi Field Murray, Archaeologist/Collections Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701)328-3506.
Guidelines for Submitting Archaeological Collections (Revised 2016)
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