Archaeological Resource Protection: Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Antiquity Law among Land Managing Agencies
Author(s): Gregory Haverstock
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) of 1979 was partially intended to address shortcomings in previous federal antiquities law. While the act corrected constitutional deficiencies with the Antiquities Act, federal land management agencies still grapple with a number of practical, cultural, and institutional barriers in carrying out archaeological law enforcement. This paper examines issues facing ARPA enforcement from the perspective of a land management agency. Case studies and court opinion will be used to highlight the relevant issues. These challenges include the use of science in a courtroom, logistical issues of carrying out a multi-year legal investigation, getting the support of the United States Attorney, archaeologists serving as law enforcers, facing the court of public opinion, and assigning monetary values to cultural items.
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Archaeological Resource Protection: Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Antiquity Law among Land Managing Agencies. Gregory Haverstock. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444834)
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