Archeology and the United States Federal Government

Author(s): Francis McManamon; George S. Smith

Year: 1989


Written by Francis P. McManamon and George S. Smith, this paper focuses on the development and organization of the Federal Archeology Program under the National Historic Preservation Program. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, the United States government became concerned for the preservation of important archeological properties - leading to the development of the Federal Archeology Program and a wide range of agencies and activities at the national, state and local levels. McManamon and Smith list and describe in detail the many statutes by which the Federal Archeology Program operates specific to archeological properties and activities. Both authors express the United States’ Commitment to Archeological Preservation and its importance to American Archeology. Included in the paper is a list of the United States Archeological Laws, Regulations, and Executive Orders, as well as the breakdown of the Federal Archeology Program; including the descriptive roles of the Secretary of the Interior, the National Park Service, Individual Departments and Agencies, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the State Historic Preservation Officer.

The paper was presented at the first symposium arranged by the International Committee of Archaeological Heritage Management under the supervision of ICOMOS. Held in Stockholm, Sweden, the September 12-16 in 1988, the symposium featured papers under the subject: Archaeology and Society – Large Scale Rescue Operations – their possibilities and problems. The aim of the Symposium was to find fruitful strategies to create an understanding for the need of rescue operations for archaeological sites and for encouraging the cooperation between archaeologists and planners, developers, authorities in other fields, politicians and the public at large.

Cite this Record

Archeology and the United States Federal Government. Francis McManamon, George S. Smith. In Archaeology and Society: Large scale rescue operations--their possibilities and problems. Pp. 257-270. Riksantikvarieambetet, Stockholm, Sweden: The Nordic Secretariate of ICAHM (the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. 1989 ( tDAR id: 391243) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8028SGM

Spatial Coverage

min long: -125.771; min lat: 24.902 ; max long: -55.811; max lat: 49.878 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Francis McManamon

Contributor(s): George S. Smith

Record Identifiers

ICAHM Report No.(s): 1

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