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Cultural Preservation

The Laboratory strives to balance its continued growth with proactive and effective management of cultural resources.
June 27, 2012
Los Alamos is rich with native antiquities

Ceramic pottery sherds found at Tsirege Pueblo at TA-54. The pueblo, which dates to the Classic period of the Ancestral Pueblo cultural period, AD 1325-1600, consisted of hundreds of rooms. The Tsirege site also contains petroglyphs (ancient rock art) and cavates (small caves dug out of canyon walls, suitable for living).


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LANL cultural resource specialists evaluate impacts to cultural resources, assess ecological risk, and prepare environmental assessments and mitigation plans.

Managing our cultural resources

As part of the environmental protection program, LANL specialists oversee and manage the Laboratory's cultural resources programs. Several laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and various regulations establish the policy, standards, and processes that govern LANL's resources management activities.

In the course of their environmental management activities, LANL cultural resource specialists:

  • Evaluate impacts to cultural resources
  • Assess ecological risk
  • Prepare environmental assessments, cultural resources reports, and mitigation plans

Environmental planning

One of the primary responsibilities of cultural resource specialists is to assist LANL organizations with effective environmental planning and decision-making by developing environmental planning documents. Staff also assist LANL's operational groups in developing and implementing compliance assurance programs.

Cultural resource documents

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