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Underwater Archaeology, Connecticut Office of State Archaeology
Connecticut General Statute 10-386
Permit for archaeological investigation on state lands. Regulations:

(a) No person may conduct an archaeological investigation on state lands or on a state archaeological preserve without a permit from the Connecticut Historical Commission. Any such permit shall be issued with the concurrence of the State Archaeologist. The applicant shall submit an application on such form as the commission may prescribe and with such information as the commission, after consultation with the State Archaeologist and the advisory council established pursuant to section 10-382, deems necessary, including, but not limited to, the time, scope, location and specific purpose of the proposed research. The applicant shall submit (1) evidence satisfactory to the commission of qualifications to perform the excavation, including evidence of experience, training and knowledge; (2) an excavation plan for the site satisfactory to the commission which includes provisions on the method of excavation and (3) a written statement that upon completion of the excavation the applicant shall submit a report of the investigation which shall include a description of archaeological artifacts discovered and relevant maps, documents, drawings and photographs. No permit shall be issued for an investigation that would disturb a known Native American cemetery, burial site or other sacred site without the review of the advisory council established pursuant to section 10-382. Failure to comply with the terms of a permit issued under this section shall be grounds to deny a subsequent permit.

(b) The commission shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing procedures for the issuance of permits required under this section. Such regulations shall be developed with the concurrence of the State Archaeologist.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commission, in consultation with the State Archaeologist, may authorize an archaeological investigation without a permit if time for investigation is limited.

(d) The applicant shall pay the cost of reburial of any human skeletal remains discovered in accordance with the terms and conditions of a permit issued under this section.