Founded in 1963 by the State of South Carolina, SCIAA is concerned with the teaching, research, and management of South Carolina's historic and prehistoric past as understood through terrestrial and underwater archaeology.
As a University institute, SCIAA initiates and conducts a broad range of field and collections research throughout the state, participates in a wide range of USC activities and duties, and contributes to the University infrastructure and the USC publication series. As a state agency, SCIAA serves as the state's official repository for archaeological site data and archaeological collections generated from work on those sites.
ARD provides cultural resource management services to agencies throughout the state and the region.
MRD is responsible for the management of South Carolina's underwater cultural resources.
The Research Division engages in problem-oriented research in South Carolina and adjacent regions.
Savannah River Archaeological Research Program
The SRARP conducts management, research, and outreach from their base at the Savannah River Site.
Office of State Archaeologist
The State Archaeologist serves as advisor to agencies and private individuals on matters of archaeological compliance.