ARPA for Cultural Resources Professionals

Nov 14 - 18, 2022


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, rules of evidence, participating as a team member, and testifying 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.

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 better 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

North Cascades National Park: (Class is full)
October 24 – 28, 2022

Little River Canyon National Preserve:
November 14 – 18, 2022

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate ARPA to lay and professional audiences
  • Articulate and utilize the three costs and values used to provide monetary values to resources and damages to archeological resources
  • Understand the steps required to produce a Resource Damage Assessment and to produce such a document into evidence supporting a criminal cultural resource crime
  • Testify in court in support of the prosecution

Estimated Completion Time

32 Hour/s


Target Audience: Cultural resources professionals including archeologists, architects, and curators; law enforcement officers; or other staff with similar responsibilities.

Participants are responsible for paying their own travel costs.

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