National Park Service


Date of this Version



U.S. Department of Interior, Archeological Assistance Program Technical Brief No. 17, April 1996.


Though the conservation and long-term management of archeological sites is not generally accepted wisdom, it wasn’t always so. A traditional bias toward excavation and the keeping of only basic site data has had effects that longer on today. Historically, and to the detriment of long-term site care, information has been collected with only fundamental concerns such as location and interpretation in mind. Excavation was favored over in-place conservation, under the assumption that the latter was too complicated and expensive. But the true cost of the excavation if often more than anticipated, and often grows as the curation of objects is projected into the future.

Toward Proactive Management

Archeological Site Management Data