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View Diary: Ancient America: The Antiquities Act (36 comments)

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  •  it encourages unethical collecting (6+ / 0-)

    where artifacts without a provenance are frequently offered on the black or "gray" market.  Once an artifact is removed from a site there is a loss of information that cannot be compensated for.

    Even worse some of these diggers are using excavation equipment for a quick and dirty "peel and grab".  I wonder in the US if private landowners have an absolute right to any artifacts which are found there?  Private collectors have already removed too many artifacts from public and professional examination through back door sources

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