Kentucky Office of State Archaeology

Important Notice: - COVID 19 Updates

Please see Memorandum outlining our updated COVID 19 policies (PDF). 

The OSA library is open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (9:30 am -12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

To make credit card payments by phone email to schedule a time for OSA staff to assist you.

Staff will continue to process requests for information on previously recorded sites and project areas, including Preliminary Records Reviews and Project Registration Site Checks, and will review and register new site forms. Antiquity Permits will also be issued if needed.

You may contact the office through the general e-mail or contact staff directly by their e-mail, which can be found here.


The Office of State Archaeology (OSA) is a research and service unit of the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology. OSA is responsible for issuing archaeological site numbers, maintaining official archaeological site records, and issuing permits for archaeological excavations or the collection of artifacts on state-owned land or any political subdivision or municipal corporation of the Commonwealth as directed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes KRS 164.705-735 and KRS 433.871-885.

The OSA library and site records are located in the Museum of Anthropology's archaeological research facility at 1020A Export St., Lexington, KY. Access to OSA records are restricted to qualified archaeological consultants complying with the National Historic Preservation Act and professional archaeologists or students conducting research with preapproved access. Access to the library is by appointment only.

Library hours: Monday, Wedesday, Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (by appointment only) except on university holidays.

Request reservations by e-mailing

Please follow the links below for more information on reporting sites, obtaining permits, or requesting archaeological information:

To report an archaeological site – Site forms and instructions.

To apply for an excavation or collecting permit on Commonwealth lands – Required of all archaeological work on state, county, or municipal lands and all publically or privately owned caves.

To request information on previously recorded archaeological sites and project areas – Preliminary Records Review and Project Registration Site Checks are generally completed as part of the process of complying with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and coordinating with relevant agencies, including the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office.

Helpful Information and Links – A summary of Kentucky state laws affecting preservation and management of archaeological resources and links to other state agencies or information relevant to archaeology.

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