Question: What to do if you find an archaeological artifact?

Who do I call if I find an artifact?

If you arent an archaeologist and you happen to stumble upon an artifact in the United States, then you must report your finding. Each state has an office of historical preservation or archaeology, as well as a state archaeologist.

Can you sell archaeological finds?

Law enforcement Dealing in Cultural Object (Offences) Act 2003: It is illegal to knowingly sell, buy or deal in tainted cultural objects (objects of historical, architectural or archaeological interest) illegally excavated or removed after 30 December 2003 .

What is considered an artifact?

An artifact is an object made by a human being. Artifacts include art, tools, and clothing made by people of any time and place. The term can also be used to refer to the remains of an object, such as a shard of broken pottery or glassware. Artifacts are immensely useful to scholars who want to learn about a culture.

Where can we find artifacts?

Artifacts can come from any archaeological context or source such as:Buried along with a body.From any feature such as a midden or other domestic setting.Votive offerings.Hoards, such as in wells.

What to do if you find an archaeological artifact UK?

You must report treasure to the local coroner within 14 days of finding it. The Portable Antiquities Scheme can help you report treasure and archaeological finds.

Can you legally buy antiquities?

BUY ONLY LEGALLY ACQUIRED ANCIENT ART While there are indeed a number of laws governing the sale and purchase of items of cultural patrimony (antiquities), as long as an item has been legally imported into the United States, its legal to sell and purchase.

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