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Celebrate National Park Week! National Park Week is April 19-27, 2014. Entrance is free to all NPS sites Saturday and Sunday, April 19 to 20, including parks with archeology! Where will you go—the mounds at Hopewell Culture? Kingsley Plantation at Timucuan? Community gardens at Manzanar? Montezuma Castle? Get started on the Visit Archeology page, or find a park near you. Experience why the national parks are America’s best idea!

Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. Come out to the parks to volunteer and participate in special events, including trash pickup, gardening, invasive weed removal, and more. Parks will host information sessions about Leave No Trace ethical principles, some of which, such as “leave what you find,” apply to archeological sites. Learn more on the Leave No Trace website.

Saturday, April 26 is National Junior Ranger Day. Kids, take your parents to Canyon de Chelly for a nature walk. Explore the world of ancient Native American symbols at Glen Canyon. See petroglyphs carved in lava and learn about fishtraps at Kaloko-Honokohau. Activities and special events for kids will take place throughout the NPS system. Scheduled activities are listed on the National Park Week website. Learn more >>

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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Archeology E-gram Newsletter

March 2014 (.pdf)

  • The Archeology E-Gram is Ten!
  • Fred York Has Retired
  • NPS Archeology Resource Manual Chapter on Cultural Resources and Fire Online
  • Bandelier National Monument Uses Laser Scanning to Record Pueblo
  • NPS Investigates Disappearing Alaska Archeological Sites
  • NPS Awards $525,000 to Protect Four Civil War Battlefields
  • New Discovery at Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Conversation with an Archeologist: Michael R. Peterson, Lithic Technology Specialist
  • NPS Archeologists Author Book about Civil War Archeology
  • Video News from The Archaeology Channel Focuses on National Parks
  • US Forest Service Integrating Cultural Resources into Wilderness Management
  • SAA Forms Task Force to Address Looting in Reality TV
  • California BLM Nabs Man for Archeological Vandalism
  • BLM Investigate Graffiti at Historic Hidden Cave in Nevada
  • Slightly Off Topic: Star Wars dubbed in Navajo!
  • Projects in Parks: is taking a brief hiatus and will return soon.

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