All's I can say about this is that people are know to go onto private land, or Native American Lands and pick things up or dig in the soil to find artifacts.
These include arrowheads, pieces of pottery, beads or any other thing of what someone might construe as having a monetary value or collection value.
Usually, picking things off of these lands is an illegal practice. People found having done things like I mentioned are normally taken to task at the fullest extent of law, that is, serving time and paying restitution and damages.
Just disturbing artifacts found can get a person into deep sheet. How do I know this? I turn your attention to the scout master who disturbed a rock in Utah. Although the charge against him was dropped, what he did, unknowingly was a felony.
Ex-Scout leaders charged for toppling ancient Utah rock
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Last edited by AJiveMan; 04-03-14 at 03:08 PM.
Yet if I collect old cars in my back yard, I can get in trouble.
I would like to see the affidavit that led to the search warrant.
Simple possession does not mean he obtained them illegally.
That law says you cannot take them from public land, not that he cannot possess them.
He might have had a guest or guest over to his home, the guest might have seen the artifacts and known what they are or were.
The collector could also have bragged about having this or that of a collection, and it doesn't take much to pick up a phone and call an authority.
Authorities could also have been watching other collectors or gatherers of artifacts and did followups on leads.
The authorities wouldn't say what they found because they don't know. Usually, experts need to determine what was found in the home.
I probably won't adverstise it, but I will do what I need to do. And isn't that what oftenhappens already? Someone is building a parking lot and they come across something that looks like an old burial; somebody then decides to conceal the find so as not to end up losing their property rights.
If these tribes aren't prepared to finacially compensate finders of their "culture", they may not ever even know about the find. Just saying.