About Cultural Resources in Georgia
The State of Georgia has a rich history. While many may consider Georgia’s starting point to be the founding of the State as one of the thirteen original American colonies in 1733, cultural resources reveal a story of human settlement in this area more than 12,000 years ago. Archaeology and historic preservation help us to learn about those that came before us. By preserving resources from our past, people today and our future generations can learn to appreciate the influence those resources have had in shaping the world in which we live.
DNR Cultural Resources Programs
Historic Preservation Division
The Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division (HPD) promotes the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. Serving as Georgia's state historic preservation office, HPD administers federal and state programs including: archaeology protection and education, environmental review and compliance, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, community planning and technical assistance, and the National Register of Historic Places.
DNR Historic Sites
Learn more about Georgia’s history by visiting one of the 18 historic sites operated by the Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division. Join the thousands who enjoy heritage tourism by visiting these sites that include ancient Indian burial grounds, American Revolution and Civil War battlefields – and even a Presidential retreat!
African American Resources
African American programs within the Historic Preservation Division work to encourage the preservation of historic resources associated with black history through conferences, presentations, site visits, newsletters and publications.
Archaeology unlocks the mysteries of the people that lived before us. DNR is home to the Office of the State Archaeologist, and in addition to an active archaeology program also sponsors research by other organizations throughout the state. Learn more about DNR’s archaeology program, including upland and underwater archaeology projects. You can also learn more about protecting Georgia’s historic cemeteries.
Council on American Indian Concerns
The Council on American Indian Concerns was created by the Georgia Legislature in 1992 to help protect Indian graves and burial objects from accidental and intentional desecration. The Council is the only state entity specifically authorized to address the concerns of Georgia's American Indians.
Financial Assistance for Preservation Projects
Grants and tax incentive programs are available through the Historic Preservation Division to assist communities and property owners with the preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties.
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register is our country's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. DNR’s Historic Preservation Division nominates eligible properties in Georgia to the National Register so they can receive preservation benefits and incentives. Currently, more than 59,000 historic buildings, structures, sites, and objects in Georgia are listed in the National Register. The U.S. Department of the Interior maintains the National Register.
Protecting Your Historic Community
Adopting a local preservation ordinance, appointing a preservation commission, and designating historic resources are some of the best ways for a community to protect the historic character of its buildings, neighborhoods, and landmarks from inappropriate alterations, incompatible new construction, as well as outright demolition. Learn the steps to take to protect your historic community.