What we do

Archeologists research, document, and protect the diverse cultural legacy of our national parks. From the cliff dwellings of the Southwest to the reminiscences of neighborhood residents where Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up, this legacy represents a continuum of American heritage–its places, objects, and traditions.

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Program Description

An estimated 6 to 7 million archeological sites fall under federal protection–on public land inside and outside the parks–plus artifacts and records from investigations conducted in advance of federally funded or authorized development, erosion, and other destructive forces. Preservation law is the cornerstone of this mission, which the National Park Service carries out in cooperation with other agencies, states, universities and archeological organizations, private groups, Indian tribes, the public, and other partners. The NPS Archeology Program encourages public interest in and stewardship of the sites contributing to our national heritage.

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