Re: Archaeological Theft


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Posted by Kelly Turner - Park Archaeologist on December 17, 2003 at 09:09:48:

In Reply to: Archaeological Theft posted by Harold Ericsson on December 12, 2003 at 23:43:11:

There are several laws that cover the removal of artifacts from state or federal land. The National Historic Preservation Act and the Archaeological Resource Protection Act are the main ones that are used when citing someone for theft or destruction. ARPA does not cover the removal of arrowheads. However, theft of government property does. We are very serious about the protection of our cultural resources in the park and will cite or arrest anyone we catch damaging or looting them. This isn't a challenge to anyone out there to see if they can beat us. Cultural resources are fragile and limited and eventually if enough people pilfer them they will gone and no one will be able to enjoy them. Please help us protect the sites in Death Valley. We can't be all places all the time but the people who come to this chat room love Death Valley and often are in places we can't be. If you see anything that you think is suspicious or you see someone damaging or destroying something, don't contact them yourselves, please just tell the rangers or come find me. We need you help protecting this place so that we can all enjoy it.


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