ACHP Policy Statement: Archaeology, Heritage Tourism, and Education

August 15, 2008

It is the policy of the ACHP to foster public understanding and appreciation of archaeological resources through heritage education programs and, where appropriate, heritage tourism initiatives while encouraging their conservation for future generations in a spirit of stewardship.

The ACHP has adopted a policy statement with principles and accompanying guidance to assist ACHP staff, federal agency decision-makers, and other parties when, in the effort to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the American past, they are or will be making decisions about incorporating archaeology and archaeological resources into heritage tourism projects and programs as well as broader education initiatives. 

These principles and guidance should also be useful for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, local communities with significant archaeological resources that may be of public interest (including, but not limited to, Preserve America and Main Street communities), tourism industry professionals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and private individuals involved in heritage development projects.

Read the full text of the policy statement.