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The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) was a turning point in the history of archaeology in the United States.  This law required that the implementation of any project using federal funds or involving a federal permit take into account the project’s effects on historic places, including archaeological sites.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NHPA, American archaeologists worked together to produce a series of short films, each one representing a particular state, highlighting the gains in our understanding of the lives of our forebears that would not have come about without that law.

 

 

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Digging Deep: Buried Landscapes of Pennsylvania

Location: Pennsylvania, USA     Length: 21 min.

Spanning nearly 16,000 years of human life, we highlight five Pennsylvania archaeological sites…

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Archaeology in a Box: Challenges and Discovery at the Willow Island Site

Location: West Virginia, USA     Length: 6 min.

Located on an unremarkable spot by the Ohio River, the Willow Island site challenged all expectations…

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Trapper’s Point

Location: Wyoming, USA     Length: 28 min.

The Trappers Point pronghorn kill site was excavated in advance of US 191 construction…