As one of the principal stewards of America's heritage, the National Park Service (NPS) is charged with the preservation of the commemorative, educational, scientific, and traditional cultural values of archeological resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Archeological resources are nonrenewable and irreplaceable, so it is important that all management decisions and activities throughout the National Park System reflect a commitment to the conservation and appropriate use for commemoration, education, and research of archeological resources as elements of our national heritage.
This NPS Archeology Guide describes 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 Chief Archeologist is assigned the development and updating of the the NPS Archeology Guide. The Chief Archeologist enlists NPS archeologists to assist in the development of the different sections of the guide, assuring information quality and accuracy, and providing NPS field staff with an opportunity to review and comment on drafts of the manual.
The general intent of the Guide is to encourage the NPS, its partners, and others who may find this guidance useful to:
- use best practices for stewardship of archeological resources;
- work collaboratively to carry out respective responsibilities;
- provide a common management framework for creating archeological programs; and
- promote to partners, contractors, and other stakeholders the national archeological standards, principles, and practices employed in the parks.
This guide may be cited as:
National Park Service Archeology Guide. Archeology Program, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. 2006
For additional information contact the NPS Chief Archeologist, DCA@nps.gov