Laws Protect Archaeological Sites on Public Lands

Archaeological sites are time capsules from the past. They are the keys to understanding ancient activities and sometimes forgotten cultures. Working together, archaeologists, people culturally affiliated with the area, and the public can learn a tremendous amount from scientific excavation and analysis of a site. Archaeological sites occur all over the country.

When found on federal lands, archaeological sites are protected by law. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act makes it illegal to excavate, damage, remove, sell, or transport any archaeological resource, 100 years or older, located on federal public land. Please be a good steward of Alaska’s finite and irreplaceable archaeological legacy when visiting Cape Krusenstern National Monument. You can help us by reporting site discoveries or disturbances to the park staff in Kotzebue.

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Last updated: December 3, 2018

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