PIECES OF THE PAST
As a Nevadan, you along with all Americans, share a rich cultural and historic heritage. This heritage includes all of the diverse peoples who have come to Nevada since 1800 and it reaches beyond them to encompass all of the people who have lived in Nevada for at least the last 12,000 years.
The physical remains left by by people over the last 12,000 years are found on the 48 million acres of public lands administered by the BLM.
A cultural resource is anything resulting from human activities. These resources include tools, art, trails, buildings, sites, and districts that are important to our knowledge of human development. In Nevada, this resource base stretches from the earliest known human habitation dating back thousands of years to the modern developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is the responsibility of the BLM to coordinate the inventory, preservation, and interpretation of these important but fragile resources for the public.
Cultural resources give us information about historic and prehistoric human cultures - their geographic distribution, their time range, where the people came from, what happened to them, and what they made and did. This information is important because our present attitudes, values, ideas and material culture have been shaped largely by our past. By studying prehistory and history we can appreciate the forces that have operated to bring us where we are. Knowledge of the differences and similarities of the human response to different environments adds perspective to our present, showing us what we may be capable of achieving and how we might deal with future problems.
Cultural resources are usually divided into three main categories: prehistoric resources, historic resources, and traditional cultural resources.