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Archeological Resources Protection Training Program (XP)

5 Training Days
Locations Offered


The Archeological Resource Protection Training Program (ARPTP) provides training in all aspects of an archeological investigation and subsequent prosecution of the crimes. This premier class is taught by accomplished instructors that are nationally recognized subject matter experts in the fields of law enforcement, archeology and law. The class cumulates in a twelve-hour archeological crime scene practical exercise where law enforcement officers and archeologist work as a team to investigate and document a crime scene. Attendees will gather and process physical evidence, write incident reports, executive summaries, search warrants, damage assessments written to the standards of the Society for American Archeology, and provide testimony in a courtroom scenario.


Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws, prosecutors and federal or state archeologist.

Direct Law Enforcement Support Personnel (DLESP). Employees of a federal, state, local, tribal or international agency who perform functions directly related to a law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission but do not necessarily have the authority to carry and use firearms, make arrests and/or conduct searches with or without a warrant. This category of personnel may also include military personnel preparing for deployment.

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Overview of Archeological Crimes                                                   
  • ARPA and other Legal Statues                           
  • Investigative Methods
  • Archeological Crime Scene Investigations
  • Value and Cost Determinations
  • Resource Damage Assessment                                     
  • Writing Damage Assessment Reports
  • Investigator Case Review
  • Testifying in  Court
  • Crime Prevention
  • Search Warrants                                                                     
  • Crime Prevention
  • Intro to Archeology
  • Intro to Criminal Justice System
  • Case Studies

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