National Park Service Press Release

National Park Service Awards Grants to Support Historic Preservation through Technology
For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2014
Contact(s):   Mike Litterst, 202-513-0354,

Dr. Mary Striegel, 318-356-7444,

National Park Service Awards Grants to Support Historic Preservation through Technology

Washington – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of $195,200 in grants from the National Center for Preservation Technology & Training to assist with projects using science and technology for historic preservation. A total of five grants, ranging from $38,500 to $40,000, were awarded for projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve our nation’s cultural resources. 

Among the projects receiving grants this year are efforts to better understand the range of climate change impacts on archeological sites and to investigate radiant energy barriers, a type of insulation, as a means of improving energy efficiency in older homes. 

“Harnessing new technologies to preserve our nation’s historic resources is an important part of the National Park Service’s mission to protect and share the special places that Americans have entrusted to us,” Director Jarvis said.  “We are pleased to provide assistance for these innovative projects that are bringing the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past.”

Since 1994, the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, Louisiana has funded science and technology projects in historic preservation.  The center strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States.


Project Title


Arizona Department of Parks, Phoenix, Arizona
The Impact of Climate Change on Archeological Resources in Arizona: Harnessing Citizen Science through the Arizona Site Stewardship Network


Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
3D Preservation, Documentation, and Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Intact Caddo NAGPRA Vessels from Sixteen Caddo Sites in East Texas


University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Energy modeling of history buildings, improving simulation and verification techniques


University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
Visualization of Chert Artifacts Using Reflectance Spectroscopy as a Preservation Provenance Technology


University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Radiant Barrier Retrofits to Improve Energy Efficiency of Older Homes in Hot-Humid Climate Zones






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