Midwest Archeological Center
  • A portion of the battlefield landscape at Little Bighorn

    Midwest Archeological Center


    Cultural Resources National Park Service

Archeological Preservation


The National Park Service’s mission is to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the national park system “for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Therefore, a core function of the Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) is to help NPS managers protect and conserve archeological resources in parks. This involves a variety of activities, such as field visits to assess archeological site condition, collaborating with park staff to track threats and impacts to sites, helping parks minimize the impacts of needed activities on archeological resources, and providing advice regarding the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  MWAC also facilitates activities of outside researchers by coordinating the permitting process mandated by the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) for Midwest Region parks.