Advancing Science & Technology In Preservation

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) helps preservationists find better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. It conducts research and testing in its own laboratories, provides cutting edge training around the U.S., and supports research and training projects at universities and nonprofits. NCPTT pushes the envelope of current preservation practice by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields and applying them to issues in cultural resources management.

Disaster Preparedness for Culutral Resources

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Resources

Person demonstrating the use of Ground Penetration Radar

Archeology & Collections

Archeology & Collections works to enhance the preservation of archeological sites, landscapes, materials, and collections.

APT Non Destructive Evaluation Workshop - Charleston, SC

Architecture & Engineering

Architecture & Engineering works to advance preservation technology for buildings and other structures.

Gum Springs Picnic Area, Winnfield, La.

Historic Landscapes

The stewardship of cultural landscapes provides the richness and complexity of the human story of our nation.

Four people cleaning stone carving in cemetery

Materials Conservation

Materials Conservation works to understand how cultural objects deteriorate with time.

C. Cooper taking a mortar sample

Technical Services

NCPTT offers a range of services to help the National Park Service and other agencies in the cultural heritage sector achieve their mission.

A stone bridge, Washington Monument, U.S. Capital, and the Alamo.

Graphic Stories

Wood, stone, and mortar - graphic stories for a variety of conservation materials.

Well-kept shrubs in front of a yellow two story historic house.

Preservation Matters Briefs

Protect your treasures at home or teach techniques in the classroom using these technical briefs.

Preservation Technology Podcast

Preservation Technology Podcast

The Preservation Technology podcast brings you the people and projects that are bringing innovation to preservation.

Last updated: September 15, 2021