Archeological Documentation Standards

Publication: National Parks Services Website

Author: Secretary of the Interior

Date of Publication: May 2020

PDF File: Archeological-Documentation-Standards-U.S.-Nation.pdf



Archeological documentation is a series of actions applied to properties of archeological interest. Documentation of such properties may occur at any or all levels of planning, identification, evaluation or treatment. The nature and level of documentation is dictated by each specific set of circumstances. Archeological documentation consists of activities such as archival research, observation and recording of above-ground remains, and observation (directly, through excavation, or indirectly, through remote sensing) of below-ground remains.