It is illegal and unethical to collect artifacts on public lands. Artifacts include anything made or used by humans including arrowheads and flakes, pottery, basketry, rock art, bottles, coins, metal pieces, and even old cans. Collecting artifacts disrupts the archaeological record.
Why is it illegal to pick up arrowheads in Texas?
Federal and state laws are designed to protect archeological sites on public land and generally forbid casual artifact collecting. Artifact collecting should not be undertaken on public property unless legally permitted. The collection of artifacts or digging on archeological sites is illegal without a permit.
Can Native Americans pick up arrowheads?
It doesnt make the collection of arrowheads on Federal or Indian lands legal, but per 16 USC 470 ee (g) exempts them from the penalties of ARPA under 16 USC 470 ee (d). “No penalty shall be assessed under this section for the removal of arrowheads located on the surface of the ground.”
Is it illegal to own Native American artifacts?
What is legal and what is not? It is illegal to buy, sell, trade, import or export known American Indian burial objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony (OCGA 12-3-622). Fines are up to $500 per object.