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Cultural Resources


Cultural Resources are tangible remains of past human activity. These may include buildings; structures; prehistoric sites; historic or prehistoric objects or collection; rock inscription; earthworks, canals, or landscapes. These nonrenewable resources may yield unique information about past societies and environments, and provide answers for modern day social and conservation problems. Although many have been discovered and protected, there are numerous forgotten, undiscovered, or unprotected cultural resources in rural America.

Our Cultural Resources Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 KB) describes the important role cultural resources plays in support of the Natural Resources Conservation Service mission.


NRCS General Manual Chapter: Cultural Resources (Archaeological and Historic Properties) (GM 420, Part 401)


NRCS National Cultural Resources Procedures Handbook (H 190 Part 601) (PDF, 3.94 MB)


Section 106 of the National Historic Reservation Act, February 2013 (PDF, 3.11 MB)


25 Simple Things You Can Do to Promote the Public Benefits of Archaeology (PDF; 18 KB)

For more information, visit the national site.