Landscape Definitions Used by the National Register nrli, September 2013



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Landscape Definitions Used by the National Register

NRLI, September 2013
The following terms are those used in the National Register program to categorize and discuss landscapes. Most are taken from the National Historic Preservation Act, the NHPA regulations, and the National Register bulletins, with the source noted.
Archeological district. A significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites important in history or prehistory (How to Complete the National Register Registration Form, Appendix IV, p. 1).
Cultural resource. Building, site, structure, object, or district evaluated as having significance in prehistory or history. (From How to Complete the National Register Registration Form, Appendix IV, p. 1. Please note: the word “prehistoric” is quoted from the definition in the bulletin. Today, “precontact archeology” is preferred.)
Culture. The traditions, beliefs, practices, lifeways, arts, crafts, and social institutions of any community, be it an Indian tribe, a local ethnic group, or the people of the national as a whole. (Guidelines for Evaluation and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties, p. 1)



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