A sign at Maximo Point Park in St Petersburg reminds visitors not to remove artifacts.

Florida’s archaeology sites are a precious, nonrenewable resource. Here are some ways that citizens can help protect and preserve archaeology sites.

For the General Public

There are three mechanisms to protect archaeological and historic sites. They occur at the local, state, and national levels. For information on each of these check out the links below. If you have questions please feel free to contact us.

Florida Master Site File

The Florida Master Site File is the State of Florida's official inventory of historical and cultural resources. Categories of resources recorded at the Site File include: archaeological sites, historical structures, historical cemeteries, historical bridges, historic districts. If you believe you have a site on your property, please contact us, and we will help you fill out a site file form and submit it.

Local Landmark Designation

The strongest tools for preservation can be found at the local level. Cities and counties that participate in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program provide their citizens with ways to protect sites and historic structures at the local level. Check the list below, or check out the Divison of Historical Resources page on CLGs, to see if your community is a CLG and learn more about how you can participate in the local landmark designation process.

National Register of Historic Places

Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. If you have questions about a site’s eligibility, or would like more information on the nomination process contact us.

For Local and State Land Managers

FPAN provides training on how to effectively manage archaeological and historical sites. Check the Trainings and Workshops page for more information or contact us to set one up in your area.