Frequently Asked Questions
What is the NCR Regional Archeology Program?
The National Park Service, National Capital Region's Regional Archeology Program (RAP) serves the archeological needs of national parks in portions of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and all of the District of Columbia.
What is the NCR Regional Archeology Program's Mission?
Our mission is to provide for the study, protection, preservation, and interpretation of archeological sites and their collections located on or collected from NCR's parks. This mission is accomplished by the Regional Archeology Program (RAP) archeologists from the Office of Resource Stewardship and Science, assisted by student interns and volunteers or by project archeologists hired through an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantities Contract or the Chesapeake Environmental Studies Unit (CESU). Selected technical reports resulting from major NPS-sponsored projects are printed in the Occasional Report Series of the RAP.
What are the NCR Regional Archeology Program's Program Areas?
- Archeology — Section 106 and 110 field survey and site identification; site testing, excavation, and National Register evaluation; site Condition Assessments; laboratory artifact processing and analysis; collections management; technical report preparation.
- Collections Management — Identification, evaluation, stabilization, and analysis of archeological artifacts; long-term storage and care of archeological collections; maintenance of region-wide Interior Collection Management System archeological catalog; membership on Service-wide and State professional committees regarding archeological collections management.
- Resource Protection — Training offered in Archeological Resources Protection to commissioned law enforcement personnel and to non-commissioned park employees; assists park Law Enforcement Rangers and U.S. Park Police in the enforcement of the 1979 Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), including crime scene investigation, ARPA damage assessments, and case preparation.
- Preservation — Evaluation and issuance of ARPA permits; maintenance of region-wide archeological site inventory, the Archeological Sites Management Information System (ASMIS); review of operations, management, planning, and development documents to ensure adequacy of archeological input and compliance with Federal historic preservation legislation.
- Interpretation — Development of archeological interpretive talks, brochures, exhibits, and videos, in cooperation with park and Regional Office staff; archeological site tours; professional publications and public presentations.