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Southern Nevada Archaeological Archive

Welcome to the Southern Nevada Archaeological Archive, located at the Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas campus.

This archive covers the southern counties including Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine. If you need any other Nevada county, please contact Maggie Brown at the Nevada State Museum.

Those wishing to use the Archive should note that access to the archive is in accordance with regulations set forth by the State Historic Preservation Office. Access will only be granted to individuals meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for archaeology. Questions concerning archive access should be directed to Ms. Annie Hershey, Data Manager, at the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

The requirements for access can be met by providing proof of one of the following:

  1. Be in possession of a current antiquities permits issued by the State of Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, United States Forest Services, or any other land managing agency in the state of Nevada. Or;
  2. Be a current Nevada Cultural Resource Information System (NVCRIS) user.

Those individuals not having one of the above listed items may submit a resume to Annie Hershey, NVCRIS Coordinator, for access approval. Ms. Hershey can be reached at the phone number or email address listed below.

The Nevada Cultural Resource Information System (NVCRIS) is a collection of online GIS database services which contain recorded archaeological and architectural resources and inventories for the state. There are two levels of access to the NVCRIS system: Restricted and Unrestricted. 

  • The Restricted NVCRIS service is available to those users who meet the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Archaeology, as the service contains confidential archaeological information.
  • Unrestricted NVCRIS contains non-sensitive architectural resources and inventories, as well as some archaeological inventory data. 

To request access to either NVCRIS service, please contact Annie Hershey, NVCRIS Coordinator, for application forms and subscription information. Details can be found in the NVCRIS Subscription Information.

Archive file searches may be performed by the patron or a request can be submitted and an archive staff member will complete the request on your behalf. Access to the Archive is by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 702-862-5352.  If you would like an archive staff member to conduct a file search on your behalf, please specify.

  • A copy of the Request for File Search form (below) must be signed and submitted with a 1:24,000 scale (7.5’) USGS topographic map of your project area and the entire area of potential effect (APE) clearly delineated. If we do not have copies of your maps to scale, your file search cannot proceed.
    • Please explain all topographic maps, townships, ranges, and sections within your APE in your initial contact especially prior to visiting the Archive.
  • A copy of all relevant permits and/or proof of access to NVCRIS or the Archive by SHPO must be submitted prior to the visit. If we do not have copies of the signatory’s permits or affirmation from SHPO, your file search cannot proceed.

For a listing of current Archive use fees, please consult our fee schedule which can be downloaded separately below.

Please note that the Southern Nevada Archaeological Archive is not the repository of architectural forms and reports or Nevada Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places forms. Some of these forms or reports may be on file or accessible by Archive staff. Please specify if you would like these items included in your file search.  

For those interested in obtaining site numbers or information regarding NVCRIS please contact Annie Hershey, Data Manager, State Historic Preservation Office at 775-684-3441 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

For those interested in any other county records please contact Ms. Maggie Brown, Nevada State Museum at 775-687-4810 ext. 228 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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