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Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Fluted Clovis point, 10,000 B.C.

In 1939, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology began conducting important studies of American Indian life. Over the past six decades, the Laboratories have built a collection of over eight million American Indian artifacts from more than one hundred excavated sites that date as early as 10,000 B.C. In 1949, the Laboratories founded a journal now titled North Carolina Archaeology that has shared discoveries with other other scholars. Much of what is known about North Carolina's Indians prior to European settlement came directly from the work of the Laboratories.