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South Coastal Information Center

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The South Coastal Information Center (SCIC) is one of 10 offices of the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS), established by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to maintain an inventory of the state’s historical resources. The Information Centers are non-profit organizations each serving a specific geographic area within the State of California.

The SCIC is the primary repository for archaeological site records and reports for San Diego and Imperial counties in Southern California. We currently house approximately 40,000 cultural resource records documenting historical and archaeological sites and approximately 15,000 investigation reports.

Utilizing this information, record searches conducted to meet the requirements of state and federal law play a critical role in the long-term protection of cultural resources across Southern California. In addition, the SCIC serves as an integral part of the local and regional communities, maintaining student internship and public outreach programs, working with Native American tribes, and local city and county governments.