The National Park Service is steward of a diverse cultural legacy. From the cliff dwellings of the Southwest to the reminiscences of neighborhood residents where Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up, this legacy represents a continuum of American heritage–its places, objects, and traditions. The NPS Archeology Program provides
national leadership, coordination, and technical guidance to aid
in preserving this heritage.
An estimated 6 to 7 million archeological
sites fall under federal protection–on public land inside and outside
the parks–plus artifacts and records from investigations conducted in advance
of federally funded or authorized development, erosion, and other destructive forces. Preservation law is the cornerstone of this mission, which the National Park Service carries out in cooperation with other agencies, states, universities and archeological organizations, private groups,
Indian tribes, the public, and other partners. The NPS Archeology Program encourages public interest in and stewardship of the sites contributing to our national heritage.