ARCHAEOLOGY FAQs

 
 Archaeologists may use test pits to identify locations with archaeological sites.

Archaeologists may use test pits to identify locations with archaeological sites.

If you find a site Can they take my land away?

No one can take your land away from you because there is an archaeological site on your property. However, in Washington it is illegal to knowingly disturb an archaeological site. Hiring a professional archaeologist at the initial phase of your project can help ensure you comply with local, state, and federal laws that protect cultural resources.

 

Projectile points can help date sites and provide clues to the types of activities that occured there.

Who do the artifacts you find belong to?

In Washington, any artifacts found on your property belongs to you. These artifacts provide valuable scientific information and can contribute to our sense of history and shared cultural heritage. While these artifacts may belong to you, we would encourage you to consider donating artifacts to an approved repository.  Tax deductions are available for donations to non-profit organizations. Donations will ensure that the highest quality care is given to these finite resources for all to benefit.

 
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Do archaeologists look for dinosaurs?

Archaeology is the study of ancient and recent human culture through material remains. Unfortunately, we know practically nothing about dinosaurs. However, many archaeological sites do contain the remains of now extinct fauna that were alive at the same times as humans.

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