Archeology Guide

The Archeology Guide, as directed by Director's Order #28A, describes operational requirements, activities, standards, and other guidance to ensure the responsible management of archeological resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service. It aims to assist NPS staff and others to: use best practices for stewardship of archeological resources; work collaboratively to carry out respective responsibilities; provide a common management framework for creating archeological programs; and promote to partners, contractors, and other stakeholders the national archeological standards, principles, and practices employed in the parks.

Chapters in the Archeology Guide include:

  • Archeology Outreach: Explore broad information about interpretation, education, media and social media, civic engagement, citizen science and service learning, as well as links to templates and other assistance.

  • Cultural Resources and Fire: See guidance for managing and protecting cultural resources that may be affected by wildland fires.

  • Cultural Resources and Wilderness: Learn about responsibilities regarding cultural resources and integrating cultural resource management with park fire management operations.

  • Permits for Archeological Investigations: Find information on requirements and the application process for applying for a permit to conduct archeological investigations.

Last updated: July 15, 2021