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 and 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:
- a photograph (.jpg image) of the object(s) you found, if possible
- 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
- your phone number or e-mail address so we can reach you
- your name, organization, institution or corporate affiliation (optional)
Once you have assembled the information, you can contact us by phone or email:
Why report 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 will possibly be credited as the founder of 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 the Heritage Division of Alberta Culture and Tourism.
- Standard Requirements under the Historical Resources Act: Reporting the Discovery of Historic Resources
If you think you have found a fossil, report it to the experts at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
To contact the Archaeological Survey:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2300 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
8820 – 112 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P8