Preservation & Protection


National Center for Preservation Technology & Training – NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.

Save a Grave – great site with tons of information on cemetery preservation.

Saving Graves, the world’s leading website dedicated to the protection, restoration, and preservation of endangered cemeteries worldwide, is a completely free-access online resource that provides to its visitors a wide assortment of preservation information and records. It’s primary goal is to promote and emphasize the use of the Internet as a means to provide protection of human burial sites from unauthorized and unwarranted disturbance, by man or nature

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. – website which is dedicated to gravestone & cemetery monument preservation, information, education & training.

Sacred Land Film Project – Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula materials and Web site content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice.


The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended 2000 promotes a national policy to preserve historic properties, significant historic and prehistoric sites, buildings and objects that are either eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Act gives some protection to cemeteries that are eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This protection only applies when federal funds, permits, or licenses are involved. The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies or their representatives to identify archaeological or historic properties that will affected by a federally funded, permitted or licensed project and to determine those propertie’ eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places. If the properties are eligible, the federal agency must gauge the effect the project will have on the properties.

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is the primary federal legislation pertaining to graves and human remains in archaeological contexts. It requires that remains and artifacts be returned to identified descendents or groups if and when they are uncovered during activities such as archaeological excavations. NAGPRA establishes definitions of burial sites, cultural affiliation, cultural items, associated and unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, cultural patrimony, Indian tribes, museums, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians, right of possession, and tribal land. NAGPRA gives guides and priorities concerning the ownership or control of Native American cultural items that are excavated or discovered on federal or tribal lands after the date of enactment of the act. 


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