Archaeology enhances and enriches all our lives, but prehistoric and historic sites are non-renewable resources. Unfortunately, sites are ruined daily due to development and urban sprawl. When a site is destroyed, information about the past is lost forever. Because unrecorded archaeological sites are those most often destroyed, every effort must be made to locate, evaluate and record their content for the future, before a development project is undertaken. If you know of locations where artifacts have been found and wish to assist with the preservation of archaeological sites, we encourage you to record these locations with the Pennsylvania Archaeological Site Survey (PASS).
We also encourage you to donate your collections. These artifacts represent our connection to the past and should be preserved. Information, recording forms, instructions and additional resources about Pennsylvania archaeology can be obtained at