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Preservation & Archaeology

Preservation & Archaeology

The preservation programs of the State Historic Preservation Office are at the heart of History Colorado’s mission to engage Coloradans in discovering, preserving, and taking pride in our architectural and archaeological heritage by providing statewide leadership and support in preserving the places that make Colorado unique.

In order to facilitate Federal and State Compliance projects during the current COVID-19 shut down, the OAHP is recommending that site forms, survey reports, and GIS shapefiles, be submitted digitally. For more information, please visit our Submitting your Data to Preservation Programs page.

Preservation Incentives Programs

Join the preservation conversation!

History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is renewing the statewide action plan for historic preservation, and inviting the public to collaborate in drafting the upcoming 2030 Statewide Preservation Plan.

Cultural Resources Support Services

Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC)

The Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) is a mutually beneficial educational program for avocational and professional archaeologists. Established in 1978 by the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Colorado (OSAC), it allows CAS members and other citizens to obtain formally recognized levels of expertise outside of an academic degree program.

Archaeology & Preservation events