Recently on the American Archaeology Fieldwork website the following website was highlighted, after it appeared in a google ad.
but they are not alone, with other sites offering a chance to dig up entire sites and keep your finds.
What about this one
Randy’s Dig is a private pay dig on private property located in
Kerr County, Texas – the heart of The Texas Hill County.
Dig for arrowheads 7 days a week.
and of course the wonderfully named Digfest
UPDATE________________ LOOTERS message
The picture of digfest you have is me and my best friend. You do not have our permission to show this picture and I would appreciate you removing it immediately.
so picture of people who take without recording has been removed.
and this one
Yea that was a good day of digging DIGFEST 09 had fun dug up some good ones some of thoes old looters know more about texas point typeology than you ever will and thanks for the link to Randys dig found some good ones there to
So there you have it… looters who are happy to be looters!
I did point out that they may know more but they don’t contribute anything… and the typology that they know was built by archaeologists… they take you lose…
So there you have it… Looters who are happy to loot your heritage. sad.. sad sad!
Enjoy this looters… and stand proud – you take… we all suffer!
Here, we are seeing mining of sites… this goes beyond surface collection or any other type of artefact collection from the topsoil….this is mining that bears a resemblance to the site looting we see in Bulgaria and Iraq for example.
the image below is from http://www.savingantiquities.org/feature_iraq.php
Can you spot the difference? I can’t… the entire removal of an archaeological site in a disorganised and unskilled way is deplorable? Is it illegal? Well seems that Private land is Private in the USofA and you can do anything it seems… BUT… what about the states legislation of Native American Artefacts and burials? What happens if they hit one? worth a look by the authorities Hmmmmmm
The Archaeology Fieldwork has sent these websites to AZ SHPO and AGs office – but will it force them to be more secrative… and who are these ‘diggers’?
Seems that this is more common than we thought.. but some collectors are not that happy either and demand support and action