• NCR Regional Archeology Program

    NCR Regional Archeology Program


Protecting Our Resources

"The past belongs to the future ...
 But only the present can preserve it."  — Anon.


National Mall looking towards the Washington Monument.

The remains of prehistoric and historic cultures belong to all of us. When artifacts are stolen and archeological sites are destroyed, we lose important clues about the past, forever. Once a site is disturbed, it becomes very difficult to learn what people did there. Without a detailed description of where an artifact was found and what it was associated with, it remains merely a lone object and cannot give us meaningful information about past human behavior. Illegal surface collecting and excavation, and malicious vandalism of sites and ruins, permanently destroys archeological resources, the non-renewable remains of America's heritage.