ACHP Policy Statement: Archaeology, Heritage Tourism, and Education (2008)

August 15, 2008

Archeological resources and sites are a potential source of meaningful heritage tourism and education through interpretation. This policy statement provides guidance on how 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 policy statement is designed to assist ACHP staff, federal agency decision-makers, and other parties when making decisions about incorporating archaeology and archaeological resources into heritage tourism projects and programs as well as broader education initiatives. These principles should also be useful for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, local communities with significant archaeological resources that may be of public interest, tourism industry professionals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and private individuals involved in heritage development projects.

Read the full text of the policy statement.