Archaeological Resources Protection Act

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Legal Document- Statute: Archaeological Resources Protection Act

The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, also referred to as ARPA, is a federal law of the United States passed in 1979 and amended in 1988. It governs the excavation of archaeological sites on federal and Indian lands in the United States, and the removal and disposition of archaeological collections from those sites and is administered by the National Park Service.


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16 U.S.C. 470aa-470mm; Public Law 96-95 and amendments

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Archaeological Resources Protection Act (1979).

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