Welcome to the Office of Contract Archeology


The Office of Contract Archeology (OCA) is the cultural resources management program established within the University of New Mexico in 1973 to aid clients in all aspects of NHPA Section 106 compliance, and the incorporation of this service into a strong research program.  A division of the internationally recognized Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and affiliated with the UNM Department of Anthropology, OCA has taken a leading role in innovative, multiple-task interdisciplinary cultural resource studies throughout New Mexico and adjacent states since its inception.  OCA’s central location and historical emphasis upon large-scale projects has resulted in the firm’s development of a physical plant, management strategy, staff structure, and field, laboratory, analysis, and reporting processes geared for high-quality investigations.  A hallmark of  OCA's service history has been the development of scientifically based management solutions for projects of all sizes.


Highlights of our services include:

  • Archeological surveys
  • Archeological excavations
  • Archeological testing and monitoring
  • Research design development
  • Historic building inventories
  • HABS/HAER documentation
  • Literature surveys and assessments
  • Popular publications, posters, and brochures production
  • National Register Historic Preservation nominations
  • Ethnographic/TCP studies
  • State and federal agency coordination
  • NAGPRA consultations
  • Section 106 compliance
  • Curation of collections
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UNM Anthropology & OCA 2015 Paleoindian Field School at Water Canyon, New Mexico

The Office of Contract Archeology and the UNM Department of Anthropology are offering an archaeological field school at the Water Canyon Paleoindian Site near Socorro, New Mexico in the Summer of 2015. More information is available at the Department of Anthropology website.


Office of Contract Archeology

MSCO7 4230

1717 Lomas NE

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131

telephone: (505) 277-5853

fax: (505) 277-6726