Part of Archaeology

Report an archaeological find

Help preserve and protect Alberta’s historic resources by reporting your finds.

How to report a find

If you have found an archaeological artifact, like an arrowhead or stone tool, or an interesting feature on the landscape, like a stone circle, we would be happy to hear about it. Here is what we need:

  1. a photograph (.jpg image) of the object(s) you found, if possible
  2. the location of the find, which can include:
    • a map or image of the location
    • GPS coordinates
    • legal land description
    • a reference to a permanent landmark
  3. your phone number or email address so we can reach you
  4. your name, organization, institution or corporate affiliation (optional)

Once you have assembled the information, email it to: [email protected]

Importance of reporting finds

By reporting archaeological finds:

  • you can help preserve and protect Alberta’s historic resources
  • you will help add valuable information to the archaeological record of Alberta
  • you may be credited as helping to document a newly recorded site

If a site is encountered during the course of a development project, developers are required, under Section 31 of the Historical Resources Act, to report the site to our Heritage Division.

Reporting fossils

If you think you have found a fossil, report it to the experts at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.


Connect with the Archaeological Survey:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2300
Toll free: 310-0000 before the number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]