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The Archaeology & Historic Preservation File Room is open to cultural resource specialists (contractors) during the hours of 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. No appointment necessary.

Historic Preservation - Archaeology Collections

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, SHSND curation standards and guidelines, or requests for access to archaeological collections can be directed to Ashenafi Zena, Archaeology Collections Manager at or 701.328.3506.


Request for Collections Access Form

Gift Agreement Form

Guidelines for Submitting Archaeological Collections (Revised 2019)

Accession Number Request Form

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