Protecting Cultural Resources
Prehistoric cultural resources are abundant at the NNSS, indicating Native Americans, including Paiute and Shoshone, have occupied the region for more than 10,000 years. Historic artifacts are also present, reflecting activities by miners, ranchers, settlers, and the continued use by Paiute and Shoshone people. The most recent cultural resources on the NNSS are from Cold War activities. The NNSS is committed to protecting these resources as they provide valuable insight into past human occupation of the NNSS and remain important for future generations to understand the rich legacy of the area.
Before initiating land-disturbing activities or building and structure modifications at the NNSS, archaeologists conduct surveys and historical evaluations to identify important cultural and historical resources, evaluate the cultural and historical significance and assess potential impacts. Native American representatives also conduct cultural assessments of proposed land disturbances to identify resources that may be of spiritual or cultural significance to Paiute and Shoshone people.