New plasma technology for taking non-destructive samples for radiocarbon dating. Museums of New Mexico Laboratory.

New plasma technology for taking non-destructive samples for radiocarbon dating. Museums of New Mexico Laboratory.

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service today announced the award of three Preservation Technology and Training grants totaling $106,500. Administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, these grants fund innovative research, training, and publications that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources.

“These projects bring the best skills and technology of the present to help us preserve the treasures of the past for future generations,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As we prepare for the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration in 2016, we continue to adapt and improve preservation methods so that these historic places to ensure that they are still around when we celebrate our Bicentennial.”

The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States. Since 1994, the Center has awarded more than $9.2 million in grants to fund science and technology-based projects in historic preservation. Grant projects incorporate modern technology and techniques in documentation and conservation and have the potential advance the technology and methodology in the field of historic preservation.

This year’s projects include developing and disseminating low-cost 3-D documentation kit for at-risk heritage sites, using Near-Infrared methods to non-destructively identify buried archaeological sites, and improving methods of radiocarbon dating.

This year’s grant recipients include:

State Applicant Project Title Amount
CA CYARK Preserving Heritage with Low Cost Documentation $31,200
OH University of Akron Development of in situ Shallow Subsurface Spectroscopy for the Geochemical Characterization of Archaeological Features and Anthropogenic Soils $37,800
NM Museum of New Mexico Foundation Low Energy Oxygen Plasma Radiocarbon Sampling $37,500
Total $106,500

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