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Drought tempts amateur scavengers; collecting artifacts illegal

RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's drought is exposing plenty of artifacts that have long sat at the bottom of reservoirs and lakes. But that doesn't mean collectors are allowed to pocket any shards of Native American pottery, spearheads or other archaeological finds. Those who remove such materials from public lands can face stiff fines or jail time under both federal and state laws. Professional archaeologist Ramie Gougeon said he and his crew have found signs of unauthorized looting in the dry bed of Falls Lake north of Raleigh. He said the scavenging makes it tougher to interpret the history of activities in areas where the artifacts were found. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Yeah right

Did we (that's you State and Federal enforcement agencies) forget about the 20 million illegals already??? You legal, taxpaying citizens just tell these agents ( if there are any) and (in Spanish) that you have no ID. Then, scavenge away. Who cares? Or... just tell them you are a "professional archeaologist". That should confuse them pretty badly too. Or... the good old; "I think I dropped those Indian artifacts here last week." I like that one a lot.


What a load of crap, like archeologist are the only ones who care about and like to preserve history, they are nothing but glorified grave robbers who find relics and hide it away in their own collections

comment on relics

You got that right! What makes it ok for them to keep items they find? I bet they pay a fee (tax) to the State that says their ok.