Research and Access
Collections at the Laboratory of Archaeology are available for research, access, or use to qualified researchers for scientific and educational research within normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). Research, access, and use of NAGPRA material controlled by UGA is prohibited and will be granted only after consultation and written approval from an official representative of the affiliated Tribe(s). Research and access for NAGPRA material by federal and state agencies is generally prohibited.
Per Georgia law, the Laboratory prevents access to site location and information for the general public. Federal law (32CFR229) also outlines the protection of information about archaeological resources. Therefore, the Laboratory limits access to the collections to Laboratory staff and qualified researchers. Qualified researchers consist of professional archaeologists with at least a Master’s Degree in Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, related field, official representative of a Federally recognized tribe or nation, or currently hold a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) or Registered Archaeologist (RA) certification. Or students working in the field under supervision of a professional archaeologist.
Collections at the Laboratory, including, but not limited to, paper and digital documents, digital databases, field excavation records, maps, artifact assemblages, and media, such as 3D scanning and printing files, videos, photographs, negatives, slides, etc., are available for scientific and educational research if below requirements are meant:
- The Laboratory requires that, when applicable, consultation with appropriate descendant communities occur prior to research, access, or use, including, but not limited to, loans, transfers, destructive analysis, and image permission use of UGA-controlled collections and material. The Laboratory will assist qualified researchers in determining which descendant community to contact.
- Research, access, and/or use of NAGPRA material and collections controlled by UGA are prohibited. It will be granted only with written approval from the official NAGPRA representatives of the affiliated Tribe(s) and the expressed written consent of the collection's controlling institution.
- Requests for research, access, and/or use, including, but not limited to, loans, transfers, destructive analysis, and image permission use of all material, including collections, not under control by the Laboratory must be cleared with the federal or state agency that does have control over the collection. It is important to remember such collections may be subject to consultation with appropriate descendant communities before approval of research by controlling federal or state agencies.
- Research, access, and/or use of NAGPRA material and collections not controlled by UGA are generally prohibited and will be granted only with the expressed written consent of the collection's controlling institution and with consultation from descendant communities
The Laboratory requires consultation prior to research, access, or use for UGA-controlled collections along with other forms depending on the type of research before access is granted (e.g., initial research request, collection access and use agreement, loans, transfers, destructive analysis, and image permission, etc.).The federal or state agencies that curate at the Laboratory also require consultation as well as other permits or documentation that need to be completed before research is conducted for the collections that they control.
The Laboratory and controlling institution of a collection also require copies of data, reports, publications, presentations, imagery, etc., produced as a result of this research and copies also sent to descendent communities that were engaged during consultation. We recommend that researchers engage in consultation early on in projects to give communities the time they need to consider the proposed research (approximately 30 days).