Incorporating Archaeology Into Local Government Historic Preservation and Planning: A Review of Current Practice

Publication: Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol 82, No. 2

Author: Douglas Deur & Virginia L. Butler

Date of Publication: April 2016

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Archaeological or “belowground” cultural resources provide unparalleled links to the human past. Like “aboveground” heritage sites such as historic buildings or districts, archaeological sites embody a community’s history, and can serve as tools for civic engagement, bolstering community identity and supporting economic and educational effort. Protection and management of archaeological resources fall under a similar legal framework as that of built-environment heritage protections, drawing on a complex array of federal and state laws.