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MDAH-SHPO requires individuals or groups conducting federally-funded archaeological research, or research as a result of federal or state permits and licenses in the State of Mississippi, to meet the minimum professional qualifications outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines, Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s “Professional Qualifications Standards” (Federal Register vol. 48, no. 190, 9-29-83, Part IV, pg. 44738-44739).  Throughout the duration of the archaeological investigation, either the Principal Investigator or Field Director should be present in the field directing and monitoring the activities of the Field Crew.  To meet the minimum professional qualifications in archaeology:

The Principal Investigator must:

  1. Have a graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field, plus:
  2. At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, administration or management;
  3. At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology;
  4. Have demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

In addition to these minimum qualifications, a Principal Investigator in prehistoric archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the prehistoric period.  A Principal Investigator in historical archaeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archaeological resources of the historic period.

The Field Director/s should also have a graduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field, and have considerable experience and demonstrated ability to successfully function in a supervisory capacity.  This person should possess formal training and considerable experience in archaeological theory, methodology, analysis,interpretation, and report preparation, and have demonstrated the ability to recognize and evaluate both historic and prehistoric cultural features.

Field Crew Member/s should have an undergraduate degree in anthropology, archaeology, or closely related field, or possess considerable experience and have demonstrated the ability to recognize and evaluate both historic and prehistoric cultural features and artifacts.

Any archaeologist conducting archaeological research (Phase I, II, and III) should have access to:

  1. Adequate field and laboratory equipment to conduct the survey, excavation, or other research; and
  2. Adequate facilities to properly treat, analyze, and temporarily curate cultural material obtained as a result of the investigation.
Consultants List

This is a list of individuals who have represented themselves as being willing and qualified to do archaeological survey work in Mississippi. The list has been compiled merely as a public service by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and in no way constitutes a certified, recommended, or preferred list of archaeologists. It should be understood that there may be other individuals who are willing to do survey work. As with any consultant/contract work, fees do vary and we suggest you compare the services offered.

Archaeological Consulting List (PDF)

Consultants wishing to be placed on the list should send vitas to archaeology@mdah.state.ms.us.

Please refer to the guidelines for necessary qualifications.

Archaeologists working in the state must meet the Secretary of Interior’s Qualifications Standards and the qualifications listed in the state’s Guidelines.