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 Protecting the Past

Introduction
Historic Preservation Laws

Help Save the Past For the Future!
Resources


Introduction

Archaeological sites contain important and irreplaceable information about the past. Unfortunately sites are being destroyed at an alarming rate due to construction and development and widespread vandalism and looting.

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Historic Preservation Laws

Archaeological sites in the United States on federal and state lands are protected by law, and people who violate these laws can be prosecuted. For more information on “Archeology Law and Ethics,” visit the National Park Service’s website. Site protection is not just the responsibility of law enforcement officials or archaeologists: the past belongs to everyone and it is everyone’s responsibility!

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Help Save the Past For the Future!

There are many things you can do to help protect the past for the future. When you visit archaeological sites, help protect them from human impact by following proper site etiquette guidelines. You can also check out your state to see if they offer a site steward programs. Site stewards are volunteers that monitor archaeological sites and record any changes or damages that occur. Become involved in archaeology as a field or lab volunteer. State archaeological societies welcome volunteers to help record, survey, or excavate sites and to help wash and sort artifacts in the lab. Find out what your state offers during its annual Archaeology Week or Month and attend an event. Bring a friend, or your family along. Who knows? You may find yourself considering a class or even a career in archaeology.

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Resources