Alaska Statutes.
Title 44. State Government
Chapter 37. Department of Natural Resources
Section 40. Duties of Department With Respect to Historic Preservation and Archeology.
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AS 44.37.040. Duties of Department With Respect to Historic Preservation and Archeology.

The Department of Natural Resources shall

(1) sponsor, engage in, and direct fundamental research into the archeology of the state and encourage and coordinate archeological research and investigation undertaken in the state;

(2) cooperate with the Alaska Historical Commission in performing their functions under AS 41.35;

(3) ensure that historic, prehistoric, and archeological resources are properly reported by persons or agencies engaged in public construction work, and protect sites and objects of significance discovered at state sites or discovered during the course of public construction, and encourage the protection of sites and objects discovered during the course of any other construction work;

(4) investigate reported historic, prehistoric, or archeological resources and appraise them for any future excavation, preservation, and interpretation;

(5) serve as a central clearinghouse for information on all historic, prehistoric, and archeological resource excavation in the state.

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