• NCR Regional Archeology Program

    NCR Regional Archeology Program


Law & Policy

NHPA History

All archeological resources, both sites and collections, are protected by law on federal and state lands. It is important to understand these laws and how they apply. Federal law is consistently applied across the nation, but state and local laws may differ in each location. Contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) or State Archeologist to find out about laws concerning archeology in your state. Links to SHPOs in the National Capital Region are provided.

Federal Law and Policy


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Unauthorized metal detecting and artifact collecting are strictly forbidden
in all parks and on all other federal property.