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Hot days, a celebratory spirit, vacation — July is upon us!

The month marks the foundational event in America: the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4. Archeology at Independence NHP has uncovered evidence of the places where history happened, and artifacts that describe the activities of the people who witnessed it. Learn more about the individuals who signed the document, their families, and households through archeology, such as Thomas Stone, or John Adams. Beyond NPS parks, archeology at National Historic Landmarks tells us about Thomas Jefferson’s households at Monticello or General William Floyd’s activities at his house.

July marks anniversaries of important events in American life. The First Battle of Manassas on July 16, 1861 marked a Confederate victory. During that time, James Robinson and his family sought shelter nearby, rather than weather the fighting in their home on the battlefield. The Battle of Monocacy July 9, 1864 slowed the advance of Confederate troops on Washington, DC for just long enough to enable Union troops to strengthen their forces to protect the city. Learn more about archeology at Monocacy National Battlefield. Visit Manassas to see living history interpreters recreate the battle this July.

Delving into the history of archeology, July has also been a good month for the establishment of national monuments under the Antiquities Act to preserve archeological places. President Taft named Mukuntuweep/Zion National Monument in Utah. Today, it is known as Zion National Park and encompasses evidence of peoples living in the region 12,000 years ago. Thirty years later, in 1939, President Roosevelt established Tuzigoot National Monument. The Sinagua people built the first pueblo in A.D. 1000. Be one of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to learn more about the archeological heritage preserved in these parks.

Want to visit archeological places, or volunteer to do archeology? Explore, learn, and participate!

The national parks are home to a wide variety of research and educational projects. Our Projects in the Parks series touches on all aspects of archeology, including site survey, analysis, curation, consultation, education, technology, and ongoing efforts to recover sites being destroyed by erosion.

Our most recent project looks at lakeside villages and associated rock art in the Brooks Range, Alaska. Archeologists from the University of Alaska Museum and the NPS recently worked at three unique prehistoric lakeside village sites in northwestern Alaska. The sites contain large, rock-lined communal structures and dozens of petroglyphs, making them unique for Alaska. Emerging threats from erosion, natural disturbances, and vandalism led researchers to document and evaluate the sites, shedding light on their mysteries and while enhancing their preservation. Learn more >>

Projects in the Parks also highlights the value of the National Parks as repositories of the raw data of the past, and the dedication of the people who protect, recover, and interpret those resources for our children and for those who are yet to come. Learn more >>


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June 2014 (.pdf)

  • Retired NPS Archeologist Mark Lynott Passes at 63
  • NPS Museum Curator David Kayser Is Retiring
  • Poverty Point National Monument Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Prehistoric Footprint Found at Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Drone Images Uncover Ancient Village Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Unmanned Aircraft Prohibited in National Parks
  • Gettysburg Archival and Museum Collections Now Online
  • Civil War Human Remains off the Auction Block, Donated to Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Werowocomoco, Powhatan's Seat of Power, May Become National Park Unit
  • New Mobile Museum Visits Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • NPS Awards $200,000 to Protect Two Civil War Battlefields
  • Conversation With an Archeologist: is taking a break this month. We're all in the field!
  • Former Superintendent of Effigy Mounds NM Faces Federal Investigation
  • Conference Held to Initiate Theme Study, Identify NHLs for Reconstruction Era
  • Archeology Informs NHL Designation Decisions at NPS Landmarks Committee Meeting
  • Rock Art in Nine Mile Canyon Vandalized, Investigation Underway
  • Library of Congress to Launch New Congressional Website
  • NPS Offers Grants for Maritime History Education and Preservation Projects
  • FLETC to Offer ARPA Training at Valley Forge National Historic Park
  • Slightly Off-Topic: 86-Year-Old NPS Employee Recognized by Yosemite National Park
  • E-Gram Guest Editor Leah Burgin
  • Projects in Parks is taking a break this month.

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