The Private Sense of Public Archaeology: An American Example
For historical, political, and economic reasons, land throughout much of the United States, remains in private hands. With few exceptions, private landowners also own the resources found on their property. This ownership extends to archaeological resources. In contrast, antiquities on private land in many other countries are considered part of that nation’s cultural heritage, and the landowner serves only as a temporary steward. Statutes and regulations at a national or local level can protect these antiquities even from the landowner. This chapter provides an example of how one state in the United States is trying to fi nd solutions to protection of what are considered private resources.