Preservation > Integrity
"Although a cultural resource must have relevant associations,
a cultural resource does not consist solely of those associations
resources are physical entities with qualities such as mass, color,
and texture, some of which express historical or cultural associations.
Integrity addresses the degree to which behavior and ideas are
manifested in the form and substance of a resource. A cultural
resource has integrity if it retains material attributes associated
with its social values.
"Integrity has many attributes. It is the material aspect
of a resource and the ways in which materials were put together;
it is the relationship between different parts of a resource and
the aesthetic qualities that resulted; it is the exact geographic
location of a resource and the nature of its setting
"Although all cultural resources must have integrity, the
nature of integrity varies from resource to resource.
"Integrity is not the same as condition. The condition of
a resource is defined in terms of deterioration; integrity is
defined in terms of correspondence with associations in the past.
Condition is a matter of rot and rust; integrity is a matter of
age and authenticity. All physical things have a condition; they
do not all have historical integrity. On the other hand, all things
with historical integrity also have a condition. The condition
of a resource during its period of significance is part of its
1: Fundamental Concepts of Cultural Resource Management,
C. The Nature of Cultural Resources, 3. Integrity, NPS-28:
Cultural Resource Management Guideline, National