About Us

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The University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research (OAR) has over 40 years of experience providing archaeological and historic research and cultural resources management services to multiple federal, Native American tribe, state, and local governmental agencies as well as private and commercial clients. OAR’s mission is to assist our clients to meet certain technical and environmental regulatory requirements to successfully accomplish their objectives.

OAR provides services for large and small projects — from statewide resource surveys to site-specific locations — acting quickly and efficiently to meet client-identified needs. OAR’s leadership and goals are guided by the ethical principles of our profession to better serve our clients. OAR has received recognition for its responsiveness to client needs, cost effectiveness, timely delivery of results, and solutions to resolve unforeseen problems.

The Office of Archaeological Research is large enough to provide the experience and technical abilities required by our clients, yet small enough to provide personalized service. As part of the University of Alabama team, our access to expertise and the necessary resources to accomplish tasks is unsurpassed. Since its inception, OAR has completed over 3,000 projects with budgets ranging from a few hundred to well over a million dollars throughout the southeastern United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama, Office of Archaeological Research’s mission is to provide the highest quality archaeological and historic architectural research available. We are committed to the preservation of our non-renewable cultural resources through the facilitation of management strategies, research, and education for governmental, academic, and private organizations.


For more information about the Office of Archaeological Research, contact us by phone at (205) 371-2266, or see our staff directory or contact information.