CCT: Archaeology


The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is charged with the identification, evaluation and protection of the state’s archaeological heritage.  SHPO maintains information on over 5,500 known archaeological sites within the state.  SHPO staff coordinates with state and federal agencies during project planning to enhance the protection of archaeological resources.  It also works in partnership with the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), the state’s Native American community, avocational and professional archaeologists, and concerned citizens to manage Connecticut’s fragile archaeological heritage.  Significant archaeological sites are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.  Sites that contribute signficantly to Connecticut's archaeological heritage, are listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and are suitable for in situ preservation are nominated as State Archaeological Preserves

Per Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-386-1 to 10-386-5, inclusive, SHPO possesses regulatory authority for all archaeological studies undertaken on state lands or within state-administered waters or on desinated state archaeological preserves.

With the Office of the State Archaeologist, SHPO co-sponsors an annual Archaeology Awareness Month in October to promote education about and preservation of Connecticut’s archaeological resources.

For more information, contact
Daniel Forrest at 860-256-2761 or


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