California is fortunate to have a rich and varied cultural history throughout time. This includes the cultural history of the first Native Americans to arrive, the arrival of the Spanish in the 18th century, and miners, ranchers, and pioneers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, and many more who followed afterwards. All of these cultural groups left material remains for us to study in the archaeological record, which allows us to piece together the history of this complex region. With legislation in place for the preservation and protection of these cultural resources, we can continue to tell the story of the people for generations to come.
How do laws in place effect my project and how can we help?
Several laws that your project area is subject to includes: the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which serves the purposes of protecting culturally significant structures and objects; the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), which was put into place to help protect Native American objects of cultural value, human remains and other artifacts; and the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA), which prohibits excavation on Federal or Native American lands.
All aspects of your project will be thoroughly reviewed for compliance of cultural resource regulations. This includes a background check of any archaeological sites within the project area, monitoring for cultural resources during excavation, and consultation with Native American monitors when necessary.