The Listing of Outlaw Treachery (LOOT) Federal Clearinghouse: 35 Years of Data

Author(s): Karen Mudar; Leah Burgin

Year: 2015


Despite the development of sophisticated online legal search engines and ready availability of certain types of court documents, the 35-year-old LOOT Clearinghouse continues to collect unique information about looting and vandalism of archeological sites on Federal lands. Comparison of LOOT data with data from other sources suggest that legal search engines provide more extensive information about litigated cases, while LOOT contains more information about non-ARPA cases and cultural resource violations that are not referred to AUSAs. A more complete picture of trends in law enforcement efforts and attorney’s practices emerges when both sources are utilized.

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The Listing of Outlaw Treachery (LOOT) Federal Clearinghouse: 35 Years of Data. Karen Mudar, Leah Burgin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396047)


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