Message #260

Date: Wed, 0ct 4, 1998
Subject: National Strategy for Federal Archaeology

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :


Date: Wed, 04 Nov

Following is text for the National Strategy for Federal
Archaeology that Frank distributed at the FPF meeting.
As I recall, NPS has requested comments on this document
within the next 1.5 weeks. Direct comments to or

Rolla Queen
BLM - California Desert


Preservation and protection of America's archeological
heritage is an important function of the Federal government.
Interagency cooperation and partnerships are fundamental
to sustaining these programs. Archeological sites are
fragile resources that must be used wisely and protected
for future generations. In 1991 the Secretary of the
Interior identified topics for special emphasis by Federal
agencies with archeological programs. The revision of the
National Strategy renews our attention and effort in
pursuing the issues listed below.

Preserve and Protect the Archeological Record in Place:

Identify, evaluate, and document significant archeological sites

Document and assess the threats to archeological sites and
monitor their condition

Prevent the deterioration of archeological sites by stabilization
and other means

Fight looting with effective law enforcement strategies between
archeologists, law enforcement and prosecution professionals

Preserve and Protect Archeological Collections and Records:

Account for the location of archeological collections, assess
their condition, and identify actions needed to provide
preservation and access to the collections

Preserve for the long-term the vast numbers of artifacts and
records excavated from sites

Provide for the access and use of the collections and records

Information Management and Exchange :

Synthesize archeological information to further our knowledge
of the past and to better protect significant archeological sites

Facilitate the use of computerized databases for management,
research and public information

Develop compatible database standards to better share
archeological information

Public Education and Participation :

Establish education programs as a formal archeological stewardship

Construct accurate and understandable information about archeology 

Interpret heritage being sensitive to the views of concerned
cultural groups

Engage the public in scientific archeology through volunteer programs

Bruce Babbitt
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