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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below you will find some of the more common questions posed to the City's Planning and Building Department, Archaeology Division, by property owners and contractors. Questions focus on issues that may arise during application for an archaeological permit and while an archaeological investigation occurs. If you have any additional questions, please Contact Us.

Does every construction project in St. Augustine require archaeological review?

How does the archaeologist decide whether an investigation is needed?

How much does the Archaeological Permit fee cost?

Is the investigation going to hold up my construction?

Why does archaeology take so long?

How do you know where to dig?

What kinds of things are found at a dig site?

Why is it important to be able to "read the soil"?

What is a feature?

What is an artifact?

Are the artifacts valuable?

Do you ever find gold?

Who owns the artifacts?