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Archaeology 332: Archaeological Resource Management and Policy: Assignment 1

A guide to basic information resources on Archaeological Resource Management and Policy, Archaeology 332.

The Assignment

Assignment 1: NRHP Web

Part 1. Read through the NRHP website: http://www.nps.gov/nr/ and answer the following questions. Use your OWN WORDS…do not cut and paste from the website. No more than 1+ single spaced pages for Part 1 so you must be concise.

1. Why is the National Register (NR) important?
2. What should NOT be on the NR? Why?
3. Who can nominate a property, and what does the process involve?


Part 2. This part is based on your assigned site type (to be designated in class): districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. In 1-2 pages (single spaced) briefly describe two such NR within that type. Explain why each is “significant” within the guidelines of the NRHP.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service's NRHP site is perhaps the best resource for information about the NR, how to list and research properties, and much, much more. Useful components of the site include the NR Database, Publications, as well as the Fundamentals and Guidance sections.


While the National Park Service has oversight of the NRHP at the federal level, there are state government entities that work on historic preservation efforts as well. Here is a listing of state preservation officers.

Code of Federal Regulations: NRHP

Historic Preservation Links

One of the best collections of resources pertaining to many aspects of historic preservation is maintained by the National Park Service on their Historic Preservation Links site.
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