Cultural Resources GIS Program, NPS

Cultural Resources GIS Program, NPS This is the official page of the National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Program. The Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) is the only program within the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to developing and fostering the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies in documenting, analyzing and managing cultural resources.

For 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of cultural resource management by adapting these technologies to field surveys and inventory maintenance, as well as addressing links between cultural resource databases using locational information, all with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of cultural resource planning. Functioning inside a

For 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of cultural resource management by adapting these technologies to field surveys and inventory maintenance, as well as addressing links between cultural resource databases using locational information, all with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of cultural resource planning. Functioning inside a

Operating as usual

Looking for a "green" house? Check these out...historic, green, and all natural, right?https://www.ancient-origins.net/h...
10/06/2021
Hidden in the Landscape: The Unique Architectural Heritage of Icelandic Turf Houses

Looking for a "green" house? Check these out...historic, green, and all natural, right?
https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/turf-houses-0011004?fbclid=IwAR2Gx5qapkhZfy5O0dK12T-vu5y3GYbBsXjzjyery8ZQNtKRs71c7YGgjxs

Turf houses are a distinctive type of dwelling found in Iceland with origins dating back to the 9th century AD, which are attributed to the country’s Nordic settlers.

OK...so, technically not "map related" but we don't get chances to praise the NPS on important new discoveries all the t...
09/24/2021
Fossilized footprints show humans made it to North America much earlier than first thought

OK...so, technically not "map related" but we don't get chances to praise the NPS on important new discoveries all the time. This one is really impressive however!!! Cultural resources in the form of footprints...in a PARK!!
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/23/americas/footprints-humans-arrive-in-north-america-scn/index.html

North and South America were the last continents to be settled by humans, but exactly when that started is a topic that has divided archaeologists.

Remember that time that you "discovered" a new continent, but it might not have really been there? Ya...that seems like ...
09/23/2021
The Mysterious Discovery of a Continent That Wasn't There

Remember that time that you "discovered" a new continent, but it might not have really been there? Ya...that seems like a typical Thursday thing.....maybe if you just put it on a map, it will all be ok, right?
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/article/crocker-land-peary-arctic-continent?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=SpecialEdition_Escape_20210922::rid=4D175F91FFEA14AD01504C8654562DFF

Robert Peary claimed he discovered a new land mass in the Arctic. Was he lying?

The amount of misery as a result of Ida doesn't seem to end! We are thinking of our friends in the northeast who are suf...
09/03/2021
Major Disasters | Smithsonian Institution Cultural Rescue Initiative

The amount of misery as a result of Ida doesn't seem to end! We are thinking of our friends in the northeast who are suffering now. We work with the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and they have lots of resources for those impacted by this storm!!!
https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/major-disasters/

Although few events rise to the level of a Presidential disaster declaration, when such an event occurs, the response and recovery efforts from the local level to the federal level are complex and challenging. The President can declare a major disaster for any natural or man-made event – such as a...

Our thoughts are with our friends in LA and everyone in the path of Ida!! Sixteen years ago with worked with FEMA to dev...
08/30/2021
National Park Service: Cultural Resources Geographical Information System Facility (CRGIS)

Our thoughts are with our friends in LA and everyone in the path of Ida!! Sixteen years ago with worked with FEMA to develop a digital historic preservation response to Katrina. Although the technology has changed...the methodology, workflows and considerations are still valid!!! Download a copy of your own!!
https://www.nps.gov/crgis/crgis_guidelines.htm

Get all the information about the National Park Service's Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS)

An amazing and heartbreaking story.  We have worked with local cemeteries here in Washington, DC to map the locations of...
08/24/2021
Historic African American Gravestones Once Dumped in Potomac River Relocated

An amazing and heartbreaking story. We have worked with local cemeteries here in Washington, DC to map the locations of headstones...as well as where they SHOULD be. At least more is being done to recognize the mistreatment of these cemeteries across the area!
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/historic-african-american-gravestones-once-dumped-in-potomac-river-relocated/2781046/

Dozens of headstones from a historic African American cemetery in the nation’s capital that were used as erosion control along the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River are being relocated to a memorial garden in Maryland.

There are lots of boundary markers located and listed on the National Register...like all of the stone boundary markers ...
08/06/2021
Rare Boundary Stone Dated to Emperor Claudius' Reign Unearthed in Rome

There are lots of boundary markers located and listed on the National Register...like all of the stone boundary markers of Washington, DC. Check out THIS boundary marker:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-boundary-stone-dated-emperor-claudius-reign-unearthed-rome-180978362/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR1t69Ilr4orl4tfQrzTW3KJf43DRqAcI5HY7_PUB_kmB4GMFRfDKqPVJJA

The 2,000-year-old travertine slab marked the sacred outer limits of the ancient city

Have you been watching the Olympics? Can you identify the flag of every country at this point?? How about looking at thi...
08/02/2021
Ancient 'sunken city' discovered in Egypt

Have you been watching the Olympics? Can you identify the flag of every country at this point?? How about looking at this discovery...goes to show how many of these countries have been connected to each other for a really long time!!
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/thonis-heracleion-sunken-city-greece-egypt/index.html

Divers have discovered rare remains of a military vessel in the ancient sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion - once Egypt's largest port on the Mediterranean - and a funerary complex illustrating the presence of Greek merchants.

Talk about a unique cultural resource/house/structure that needs documentation - Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS! C...
07/19/2021
This Anglo-Saxon cave dwelling may have been home to an English king who became a saint

Talk about a unique cultural resource/house/structure that needs documentation - Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS! Check this out....how many more of these are out there???
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/anglo-saxon-cave-house-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

Archaeologists in England have identified a near-complete Anglo-Saxon cave house. They say it might once have been the home of a king who became a saint.

We're "attending" the ESRI Users Conference this week...sorry we're not in San Diego for this....but enjoying the virtua...
07/12/2021

We're "attending" the ESRI Users Conference this week...sorry we're not in San Diego for this....but enjoying the virtual version!! Hope you are participating too!!!

We're "attending" the ESRI Users Conference this week...sorry we're not in San Diego for this....but enjoying the virtual version!! Hope you are participating too!!!

Check out this amazing video!  It's great to see GIS and historic maps highlighted in finding these important resources!...
07/02/2021
Video: Searching for the Lost Graves of Louisiana’s Enslaved People

Check out this amazing video! It's great to see GIS and historic maps highlighted in finding these important resources!!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007778616/louisiana-cancer-alley-cemetery-african-americans-video.html?smid=em-share

There are thousands of enslaved people buried in Louisiana’s industrial corridor. But their locations have remained a mystery. Until now. Using historical maps and aerial photos, we can locate these possible graves.

Wait....how many oceans are there on earth? Did we just add one? What about all those drinking game bets that we just lo...
06/23/2021
National Geographic says the world has a fifth ocean

Wait....how many oceans are there on earth? Did we just add one? What about all those drinking game bets that we just lost?????
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/southern-ocean-fifth-national-geographic-hnk-scn/index.html

National Geographic, one of the world's pre-eminent and most visible mapmaking groups, has officially decreed the existence of a fifth ocean. Called the Southern Ocean, it's the body of water that surrounds Antarctica.

On this Juneteenth find out more about why today celebrates more than just one date in one place, put is a celebrates an...
06/19/2021
Fort Frederica NM: African American Cemetery

On this Juneteenth find out more about why today celebrates more than just one date in one place, put is a celebrates an important period in American history.

In 2019, National Park Service staff relocated a forgotten African American cemetery

Looting is always painful to see happening on some of our most important sites.  Take a look at this article about how C...
06/07/2021
'Tomb raiders': The pandemic is making it easier than ever to loot ancient Roman treasures

Looting is always painful to see happening on some of our most important sites. Take a look at this article about how COVID is impacting everything....including looting...sadly...
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-artifacts-covid-looting/index.html

With archeological sites closed and police reassigned to enforce lockdowns, Covid-19 has presented new opportunities for ancient artifact thieves -- or "tomb raiders" as they're known in Italy.

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General information

Welcome to the National Park Service Cultural Resource GIS Program page. We hope this will become a place where fans feel comfortable sharing information and experiences about the Cultural Resource GIS Program with one another. While this is an open forum, it is also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. Please be considerate of other fan's opinions. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Such posts and/or links are subject to deletion. People who continue to post such content and/or links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. Posting of external links on this site that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the Cultural Resource GIS Program), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about cultural resource GIS/GPS may be deleted. People who continue to post such links may be subject to page participation restrictions and/or removal from the page. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Department of Interior.

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Our Story

CRGIS works on projects that illustrate how GIS and GPS can better illustrate cultural resources, provide increased access to sites and allow users to engage in dynamic analysis of sites. Projects range from documentation of resources, such as engineering features and structures and large landscapes, to using GIS and GPS to help inventory cultural resources. CRGIS explores the use of all forms of spatial technologies related to geographically representing cultural resources, providing better visualization, analysis and resource protection/planning tools.

While this is an open forum, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. If you do not comply, your message will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. Posting of external links that are intended as advertising (or to drive traffic to websites unrelated to the Cultural Resource GIS Program), or do not contribute to dialog and discussions about cultural resource GIS/GPS may be deleted. External links do not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Department of Interior.

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