Camp Lejeune manages a variety of historic and prehistoric archaeological sites, as well as historic structures. The prehistoric and historic archaeological sites have a long history within the base, ranging from early Archaic period (8000 BC) to early European colonization and later settlement.
In addition to extensive archaeological resources, Camp Lejeune manages historic architectural properties. Constructed during the mobilization of the Marine Corps during World War II many of Camp Lejeune's buildings and developed areas remain as they were originally constructed, retaining a high degree of architectural integrity.
The following are essential elements of the Camp Lejeune Cultural Resources Management Program to preserve its cultural and historical resources:
- Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan (ICRMP)
- Cultural resources surveys/ National register status
- Installation Agreements
- Organization and staffing
- Cultural resources management committees/boards
- These, along with applicable laws and regulations, help guide the preservation efforts of MCB Camp Lejeune.
Public interpretation through participation in local history and archaeology events, education programs, and public lectures are examples of creative mitigation techniques. Interpretive displays are the most common form of mass communication to the public, which draw information from experts in public interpretation, archaeology, architectural history, and maritime archaeology to ensure accuracy and consistency in data presented. The Camp Lejeune Cultural Resources Management Program is active in and committed to stewardship of cultural resources and employs creative mitigation strategies for effective preservation of these heritage treasures.
Browse through some of our public outreach projects and our current preservation projects to see how Camp Lejeune is working towards heritage preservation on base.