Cultural Records

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The Montana Antiquities Database contains cultural resource information on known historic and archaeological sites, previously conducted cultural resource inventories, National Register site status, and cultural resource management project information. The database is updated and maintained by the Montana State Historic Preservation Office in Helena.

The database is divided into three parts:

Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)
The CRIS portion of the database contains information on over 60,000 historic and archaeological sites within the State of Montana. It includes information on site type, owner, period, legal location, and numerous other data fields.  The SHPO requires Smithsonian numbers in order to process all consultation, including resolving APE, Eligibility, Effect etc., as it is the sole means of tracking properties.  To obtain a Smithsonian number see below.
 
Cultural Resource Annotated Bibliography System (CRABS)
The CRABS bibliographic listings contain information on over 36,000 previous cultural resource inventories conducted within the State of Montana. It includes information on author, title, date completed, survey acres, legal location, agency, and other useful data fields. It also includes a list of searchable keywords that allows us to generate reports on specific topics.

Project, Eligibility, & Effect Report (PEER)
PEER includes information on cultural resource projects conducted around Montana, and that SHPO reviews on a regular basis. It includes information on the eligibility of sites, effects, and more general project information. 

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To view a public version of our State Antiquities Database please click here. This will allow you to see if sites are present/absent in a particular location.  For more detailed information please fill out our file search request form.


File Search Requests:

To request a file search please fill out the File Search Request form and email it in to dmurdo@mt.gov.  The results of the file search will be sent within a few days of receiving the request. File Search Request Form
**File Search Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2017**

Smithsonian Number Requests:

To request a Smithsonian number please see our Instructions.  Site forms must be submitted electronically as a PDF, or Word Document.  Instructions for site form submittal. Please send the final form in to Michelle Phair MPhair@mt.gov to receiver your number.  Contact SHPO, or click here for ePass instructions.

Digital Data Use Agreement:

Please complete this Digital Data and Information Use Agreement for each individual within an organization, institution, or agency that is requesting digital data from the Montana SHPO. Site, Inventory, and GIS files will not be given out until this has been received.
Digital Data Use Agreement

Data Request:

To request an copy of a previous cultural resource inventory (CRABS report), or site form (CRIS) you must first read and fill out our Digital Data Use Agreement.  To request data please fill out our Data Request form and email it in to Damon Murdo dmurdo@mt.gov.  
**Please note that this form is to be used only after a File Search Request has been performed.**
Data Request

If you need additional data, GIS, extra inventory or site forms, please fill out our Additional Data Request form.
Additional Data Request

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