ARMS | New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Archaeological Records Management Section

The mission of the Archaeological Records Management Section (ARMS) of the Historic Preservation Division is to house, maintain, and protect all records of archaeological investigation in the State of New Mexico. ARMS is also responsible for protecting the security of that collective information, while providing access to the same to qualified users.

ARMS administers the newly-enhanced New Mexico Cultural Resources Information System, the largest automated cultural resources database in the United States.

NMCRIS provides tabular and geospatial information to qualified users regarding cultural resources investigations, archaeological sites, historic structures, and state and national register properties.

ARMS is supported by federal and state agencies through Data Sharing Agreements and by user fees from Cultural Resource Management contractors working for private industry. University partnerships provide scholars access to the massive research potential of NMCRIS and the paper records stored at ARMS.

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