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.
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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 and outside the NPS, CRGIS partners include other NPS programs and units, State/Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, local agencies, preservation organizations, universities and other Federal agencies. CRGIS provides a wide array of technical services and training as well in applying these technologies to specific cultural resource management projects.

Operating as usual

It's been two years since we all watched Notre Dame Cathedral's devastating fire.  As painful as that was, there has bee...
04/19/2021
Two Years Later, Here’s the Latest With Notre-Dame’s Restoration

It's been two years since we all watched Notre Dame Cathedral's devastating fire. As painful as that was, there has been some progress in restoring it!
https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/two-years-later-heres-latest-notre-dames-restoration?fbclid=IwAR2v6glGu2eadthcgwE2XiR_YqKgRDgpQBFpuAc7cy7avfEy0Bkwg2PXDEc

After the devastating fire that set the iconic Paris cathedral ablaze, the restorations for the landmark carry on

OK...we admit...this has nothing to do with historic maps or GIS, but how cool is this???? If you have the time...watch ...
04/05/2021
Ancient mummies are paraded through the streets of Cairo

OK...we admit...this has nothing to do with historic maps or GIS, but how cool is this???? If you have the time...watch the videos of this parade...it's amazing!!! When will we ever see something like this again?
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummies-cairo-parade/index.html

Ancient mummies of Egypt's royal pharaohs emerged from their resting places Saturday and were paraded through the streets of Cairo in search of a new home.

Like everyone involved in documenting cultural resources, we take a lot of photographs.  Photographs always capture some...
03/16/2021
The Photographer Who Reimagined the Darkness of the Underground Railroad

Like everyone involved in documenting cultural resources, we take a lot of photographs. Photographs always capture something unique about a resource for documentation purposes, but take a look at this collection which uses photographs to document but also tell an important story!
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dawoud-bey-underground-railroad

How acclaimed artist Dawoud Bey used the landscape to tell the story of the unseen.

We love documenting military history and have worked on many battlefields.  Check out this really interesting use of spa...
03/09/2021
Brief Context & History of the Gin Drinkers Line

We love documenting military history and have worked on many battlefields. Check out this really interesting use of spatial awareness to guide troops through tunnels in WWII. Located in Hong Kong, these tunnels were labeled with London street names to help the British troops navigate through them, and confuse the enemy!
https://www.autosaveredoubt.com/single-post/2017/10/13/brief-context-history-of-the-gin-drinkers-line

The Gin Drinkers Line(GDL) was built as part of a trend in fortification leading up to the Second World War. Wary of the rise of Fascism in Italy and Germany, the French built fortifications along their Eastern border, known as the Maginot Line. Nearby European nations followed suit, building defens...

seems like it's this kind of day today....
03/01/2021

seems like it's this kind of day today....

seems like it's this kind of day today....

Are you "attending" the ESRI Fed user conference this year? We are...hope we will "see" you there!
02/23/2021

Are you "attending" the ESRI Fed user conference this year? We are...hope we will "see" you there!

Are you "attending" the ESRI Fed user conference this year? We are...hope we will "see" you there!

We talk a lot about map projections and what they mean...check out this cool map and projection....https://apple.news/A4...
02/20/2021
The Most Accurate Flat Map of Earth Yet — Scientific American

We talk a lot about map projections and what they mean...check out this cool map and projection....

https://apple.news/A4W83_rwITk6eU3WrLqUoiA

I usually work on general relativity and cosmology. I have always loved geometrical things. As a kid I was fascinated by map projections. When I was 14, I made a painted globe of Mars based on a flat Mercator Mars map by the astronomer E. M. Antoniadi. Since becoming an emeritus professor at Princet...

In 2019 the Historic American Building Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS, in cooperation with the Alabama Afr...
02/08/2021
Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

In 2019 the Historic American Building Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS, in cooperation with the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, documented the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites, including along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, with photographs and histories.
You can view the story map at: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/538fdaaf3d0f4cb69d835cd78ab5515e

A tour of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

It's February!! Let's start out Black History Month right....We put this story map together commemorating 400 years of A...
02/01/2021

It's February!! Let's start out Black History Month right....We put this story map together commemorating 400 years of African-American heritage, taking a look at the projects being undertaken by all the programs in the NPS Washington office!
https://nps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=983a0d0450bf40d29e1c9a54d33dc72f

It's February!! Let's start out Black History Month right....We put this story map together commemorating 400 years of African-American heritage, taking a look at the projects being undertaken by all the programs in the NPS Washington office!
https://nps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=983a0d0450bf40d29e1c9a54d33dc72f

If you've been watching the inauguration ceremonies you saw the motorcade leave Arlington National Cemetery and cross th...
01/20/2021

If you've been watching the inauguration ceremonies you saw the motorcade leave Arlington National Cemetery and cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Find out more about this often overlooked landmark in this Story Map highlighting the historical and engineering documentation done by the Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS.
You can see the Story Map here: https://bit.ly/2OAERuF

If you've been watching the inauguration ceremonies you saw the motorcade leave Arlington National Cemetery and cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Find out more about this often overlooked landmark in this Story Map highlighting the historical and engineering documentation done by the Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS.
You can see the Story Map here: https://bit.ly/2OAERuF

There is a lot of security here in DC in preparation for inauguration day this week.  While we can't really get in to th...
01/18/2021
Ancient coffins, burial sites and a funeral temple discovered in Saqqara necropolis will 'rewrite history'

There is a lot of security here in DC in preparation for inauguration day this week. While we can't really get in to the office right now, let's try exploring some other new places, making history of their own!!
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-saqqara-coffins-intl-scli/index.html

A cache of ancient burial shafts containing hundreds of wooden coffins dating back to the New Kingdom are among a new batch of major discoveries found at Egypt's Saqqara archaeological site.

Happy 136th birthday to Alice Paul. Ms. Paul was a suffragist, feminist, and founder of the National Woman's Party. Her ...
01/11/2021
National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment

Happy 136th birthday to Alice Paul. Ms. Paul was a suffragist, feminist, and founder of the National Woman's Party. Her work, and the work of many others, led to the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920.
See what the National Park Service is doing to mark the anniversary of the 19th at: https://arcg.is/1aqeWL

Events and programs that have been held, are planned, or are ongoing that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

An oldy but goody!
01/09/2021

An oldy but goody!

Right?!

12/31/2020

We're happy to see 2020 in the rear view! Here's hoping 2021 is better for us all!!
Happy New Year!!!

I know folks probably ate a lot over the past few weeks, even with smaller gatherings...but it's never a bad thing to ha...
12/29/2020
Ancient snack stall uncovered in Pompeii, revealing bright frescoes and traces of 2,000-year-old street food

I know folks probably ate a lot over the past few weeks, even with smaller gatherings...but it's never a bad thing to have snack options, right? Did you see this discovery from Pompeii???
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/europe/pompeii-shop-archaeology-intl/index.html

Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby.

Did you see this news? What an amazing discovery!! I hope they are documenting this...and of course, mapping the extent ...
12/09/2020
Incredible Cave Paintings 8 Miles-Long Discovered Deep in Amazon Forest: The Sistine Chapel of Ancients

Did you see this news? What an amazing discovery!! I hope they are documenting this...and of course, mapping the extent of it!
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/colombian-cave-painting-discovery-hailed-as-sistine/?fbclid=IwAR0Nyd5JGmLwG_Mm44dv0f5Qq2KWzFfmyOYAA3sfB0jFna_tgELGi63s6Nc

An 8-mile long wall of over 10,000 cave paintings was discoverd in Colombia, and is being dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients.

So, it's still 2020 and nothing is what we thought it was anymore! Check this out...even Mt. Everest is getting taller! ...
12/08/2020
Mount Everest is more than two feet taller, China and Nepal announce

So, it's still 2020 and nothing is what we thought it was anymore! Check this out...even Mt. Everest is getting taller! Take a look at how they measured the elevation....
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/12/new-height-of-mount-everest-announced-by-china-and-nepal/

Based on parallel surveys conducted by the two countries, the new height measurement is not yet set in stone as scientists and mapmakers prepare to analyze the findings.

Need to go on some virtual travel? Check out the new discoveries at Pompeii. While you are at it, consider how we preser...
12/04/2020
The race against time to save Pompeii

Need to go on some virtual travel? Check out the new discoveries at Pompeii. While you are at it, consider how we preserve archaeological sites that are interpreted. Mapping and documenting is certainly one way, but Pompeii is an unique situation.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-new-excavations-looting/index.html

The bodies of victims of the Vesuvius eruption, including a man and his slave, and three horses, are the latest discoveries at Pompeii. New villas have also been uncovered. But the new excavations are happening because the site is in danger

We need a "feel good" 2020 story right about now!  How about these lucky historic home owners???https://www.cnn.com/2020...
12/03/2020
Couple finds more than 66 bottles of Prohibition-era whiskey hidden in the walls of their New York home

We need a "feel good" 2020 story right about now! How about these lucky historic home owners???
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/us/whiskey-bottles-found-new-york-home-walls-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ak4uh0UvMhObX294Btr4lK5juGj-squSlr3PcCXHWZqF-2obbY9qb6sc

When a New York couple was told their over 100-year-old home was built by a notorious bootlegger, they passed it off as small town legend.

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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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