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From: Perspectives on archaeological resources management in the "Great Plains." Edited by Alan J. Osborn & Robert C. Hassler (Omaha: I & O Pub. Co., c1987).


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Countless books and articles have either explored in some depth, or at least touched upon, the conservation of our cultural heritage. For the purposes of this volume, it would be an exercise in futility to attempt to detail current procedural requirements for historic preservation through various federal statutes and regulations. A number of sources have attacked this task in the past (e.g., Scovill, Gordon and Anderson 1977; King, Hickman, and Berg 1977). None has managed to provide completely up-to-date information on even the regulatory oscillations current that year, and there have been a myriad of changes since 1977. If there is one constant here worthy of note, it is certainly the fact of change, and there is an unfortunate but real possibility that such a discussion of regulatory procedure, besides being overwhelmingly boring, would itself be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as a historical resource. At the same time, any attempt to deal with the full range of historic, archaeological, and cultural properties that come under the purview of historic preservation and related laws is well beyond the scope of this paper.