Traditional Cultural Properties

Any type of cultural resource may be designated as a Traditional Cultural Property if it meets National Register standards, because the essence of Traditional Cultural Property is how a community values it historically and culturally. AHS conducts the historic documentary research, ethnohistoric and ethnographic research, and oral history (along with archaeological survey, if necessary), to support the recommendation of a property as a Traditional Cultural Property, in accordance with National Park Service guidelines. We worked closely with Native Americans and other communities in assessing and documenting Traditional Cultural Property eligibility.

Project Examples

Fort Hill

The Mohegan Indian Tribe considers Fort Hill to be a place of great spiritual and cultural significance. Although no longer owned by the tribe, the property represents an unbroken timeless connection to Mohegan ancestors. Extensive documentary, oral-history and ethnographic research determined that the hill is a Traditional Cultural Property.


Agawam Herring Run

The Agawam Herring Run, in Wareham, Massachusetts, was recently recognized as a Traditional Cultural Property by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This historic herring run is significant for its cultural and historical association with both Native American and non-Native eastern Massachusetts populations.