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Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service

Director Jon Jarvis

Washington – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of $195,200 in grants from the National Center for Preservation Technology & Training to assist with projects using science and technology for historic preservation.  A total of five grants, ranging from $38,500 to $40,000, were awarded for projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve our nation’s cultural resources.  Among this year’s grants are those that fund projects to better understand the range of climate change impacts on archeological sites, and the investigation of radiant energy barriers, a type of insulation, as a means of improving energy efficiency in older homes.

“These innovative projects are developing new technologies to preserve our nation’s historic resources,” said Director Jarvis.  “We are pleased to provide assistance for these programs that are bringing the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past.”

Since 1994, the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, Louisiana has funded science and technology projects in historic preservation.  The center strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States.

Grantee, Project Title Amount
Arizona Department of Parks, Phoenix, Arizona

The Impact of Climate Change on Archeological Resources in Arizona: Harnessing Citizen Science through the Arizona Site Stewardship Network

Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

3D Preservation, Documentation, and Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Intact Caddo NAGPRA Vessels from Sixteen Caddo Sites in East Texas

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Comparison of 3D technologies for cultural landscape documentation and visualization

University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Visualization of Chert Artifacts Using Reflectance Spectroscopy as a Preservation Provenance Technology

University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Radiant Barrier Retrofits to Improve Energy Efficiency of Older Homes in Hot-Humid Climate Zones


Total: $195,200.00

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