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Archeological Resources Protection Training Program (ARPTP)

Up one level Archeological Resources Protection Training Program (ARPTP)

The ARPTP was developed by the FLETC together with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. This premier class provides training in archeological investigation and the subsequent prosecution of the crimes.

During the program, students participate in integrated lectures and discussions. Advanced and specialized training is offered to both law enforcement officers and the archeologists in the same classroom setting. The participants are separated in order to provide law enforcement training to the archeologists and archeological training to the law enforcement officers. The class cumulates in a 12 hour practical exercise (PE) where law enforcement officers and archeologist work as a team to investigate and document a crime scene. Attendees will gather physical evidence, write search warrants, prepare damage assessments and provide testimony in a court room scenario.

Type: Advanced

Length: 5 days


  • Archeological Crime Scene Investigation
  • Study of actual Case Files
  • Criminal Investigator case review
  • Collecting and Trafficking Network
  • Field Practical Exercise
  • Prevention
  • ARPA and Other Legal Statutes
  • Resource Damage Assessments
  • Site Analysis
  • Personal Safety
  • Court Scenario
Topics presented to the archeologists include:
  • Introduction to Federal Criminal Justice System
  • Site Damage Assessment Report
  • Testifying in Court
  • Society for American Archeology Standards for Determination of Archeological Value
  • Preparing Damage Assessment Reports

Topics presented to law enforcement officers include:
  • Introduction to Archeology
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Undercover Operations
  • ARPA Search Warrants
  • Investigative Methods


Instructional personnel in the Archeological Resources Protection Training Program (ARPTP) are current and former law enforcement officers with many years of experience in conducting investigations into violations of the Archeological Resources Protection Act all across the nation.  This mix of qualified and experienced instructors comes from such agencies as the National Park Service, United States Attorney’s Office, United States Bureau of Land Management, and state and local police departments.

Tuition and Cost

Call (912) 554-4828 or send an email to: for the current costs.

Prerequisites for Attendance

Enrollment is limited to full-time, sworn law enforcement officers and archeologists employed by Federal, State or Local Governments.

Additional Information

Student capacity is 30.

Training Dates

There are currently no training dates or other items within this program.