Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) Training

As a federal archeologist your expertise must go beyond flakes, features, and fauna, to a working knowledge of cultural resource law and its implementation. The Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA), as amended, provides a compelling means by which cultural resource professionals (CRP) and law enforcement officers hone our skills in incident identification, investigation, documentation, and rules of evidence; participate as a team member; and testify in court. Federal CRPs are also tasked with working with private sector collections to build relationships of mutual trust that result in net gains in stewardship goals as well as build on basic archeological knowledge.

Transcript for ARPA Trailer Video  &  Audio Described Version of ARPA Trailer Video

This dynamic and interactive class is taught by highly experienced CRP and Law Enforcement instructors. You will be expected to make the connection between the information presented and the parks and cultural resources for which you are directly responsible. The course highlights local and regional case studies to underscore the relevancy of the curriculum. You will learn about the nexus between ARPA and related cultural resource (and some natural resource) laws, including NAGPRA, NHPA, and SURPA.

While primarily used for cases involving digging of prehistoric and historic archeological sites, ARPA can be effectively applied to other types of incidents such as vandalism, arson, museum theft, and failure to comply with Section 106 of the NHPA. This class affords the opportunity to explore different ways of using ARPA, embracing other disciplines within cultural resource management.

You’ll better recognize looted sites and understand the appropriate response. As the subject matter expert, you will be better suited to articulate the importance of preserving our cultural assets, and you’ll become a vital component in the deterrent impact of ARPA.

This class is developed for cultural resources professionals including archeologists, law enforcement officers, or other staff with similar responsibilities. All travel costs will be paid by the benefiting account. All participants will be placed on a waitlist and notified of acceptance into the course.

Upcoming Classes

Stay tuned for the return of face-to-face ARPA classes!

Additional Resources

ARPA Documents: Damage Assessment and Investigation
This suite of documents addresses damage assessment and investigations related to ARPA. They were utilized as part of the ARPA for Cultural Resources Professionals training course.

ARPA Snapshot Series
This Cultural Resource series delves into specific topics to explore new directions or refresh your ARPA skills.

ARPA Focus Series
For Cultural Resource Professionals who may want to go beyond a refresher and hone a skill set pertaining to all or part of the Archeological Resources Protection Act. This series offers opportunities to look more closely at particular topics, or explore new directions for using ARPA. (Temporarily unavailable.)



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