The Federal Archaeology Program: Report to Congress for FY1988 and FY1990


The 1974 AHPA required the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress on the Federal archeological activities authorized by that act; this requirement was expanded by ARPA in 1979 and its amendments in 1988 (Figure 1.4). Preparation of the report data, evaluations, and recommendations provides each involved agency and the Secretary the opportunity to communicate to Congress and agency heads the values and needs of the Federal archeology program.

The NPS prepared such reports for a few years prior to passage of the AHP A, and has continued to do so since then. The focus and content of these reports have varied over the past 25 years (Knudson and McManamon 1992). The present report was developed from data submitted by Federal agencies (Table 1.1) in response to a questionnaire (Appendix A) sent to them each year. This questionnaire was developed in 1985 and has been used for all subsequent years. Although modified somewhat during this period, the compiled responses to it provide quantitative as well as qualitative data for the Federal archeology program from 1985 through 1990. Because of the extensive number of departments, agencies, and agency subdivisions that provide the questionnaire responses, the numerical information can be taken as a measure of the activity within each reporting unit as well as the overall national program, but not as a precise measure of the exact nature of that program. The response to the questionnaire was good over the three years of activity reported here, and provides a reliable overview of the Federal archeology program in 1988 through 1990.

Cite this Record

The Federal Archaeology Program: Report to Congress for FY1988 and FY1990. Ruthann Knudson, Francis McManamon, J. Emlen Myers, National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior Reports to Congress. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; U.S. Department of the Interior. 1995 ( tDAR id: 378394) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8BC4262

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Calendar Date: 1988 to 1990

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