The National Park Service offers many resources to ensure compliance with the laws, regulations and policies discussed in this section.
The NPS Archeology Program publishes the NPS Archeology Guide to describe operational requirements, activities, standards, and other guidance to ensure the responsible management of archeological resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service. The Guide supplements more general directions in Director's Order #28A: Archeology, the NPS CRM Guideline, and Directors' Order 28: Cultural Resource Management.
The NPS Archeology Program publishes Technical Briefs that address topics of interest to archeologists, land managers, preservation officers, museum professionals, Native Americans, law enforcement agents, educators, and the public. Technical Briefs cover topics ranging from conservation to public education.
More than twenty-two electronic Technical Briefs have been published since 1988.
Common Ground: Archeology and Ethnography in the Public Interest
An issue of Common Ground.
In 2003, this publication was replaced by Common Ground: Preserving our Nation's Heritage to cover a wider range of cultural resource issues.
Read past issues:
- Common Ground: Archeology and Ethnography in the Public Interest
- Common Ground: Preserving our Nation's Heritage
CRM-Cultural Resource Management
Over twenty-four years of CRM issues are available on line. Specific articles and authors may be found via a searchable index database. You can also explore CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship online.
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources.
The National Register Bulletin Series provides guidance to document, evaluate and nominate historically significant sites to the National Register of Historic Places. The series is divided into four sections: the Basics, Property Types, Technical Assistance, and General Guidance. Also available are several brochures that provide information on the programs of the National Register.
Register Bulletins and Brochures are available electronically. Two
National Register Bulletins are of specific interest
to archeologists and interpreters:
- Telling the Stories: Planning Effective Interpretive Programs for Properties Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
- Guidelines for Evaluating and Registering Archeological Properties
Use What You Know: Assess Your Knowledge (#8 of 9)
- How does Cultural Resources Management affect what happens in your park?
- What legislative protections directly affect archeology on federal lands? What do visitors need to know about these laws?
- What NPS resources are available for learning more about CRM and the federal programs associated with it?