Recording Archaeological Sites

Artifact Collecting in Iowa: Do's and Don'ts

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Do...

...get landowner's permission before collecting. 

...catalog and label all finds. 

...record site locations with the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). 

...report any human remains or burial sites to the OSA

...try to identify artifact types represented in your collection. 

...join the Iowa Archaeological Society. 

...give programs to school groups. 

...allow professional archaeologists to view and study your collection. 

...read about artifacts and archaeology

...participate in public field schools whenever possible. 

...enjoy your hobby!

 

Don't...

...trespass.

...dig in or around archaeological features. 

...collect human remains. 

...collect from public land without a permit. 

...buy or sell artifacts (many items on the market are fakes). 

...mix artifacts from different sites. 

...let your collection be dispersed by auction. 

...let your hard work go to waste by losing data on your collection. 

...let artifacts become damaged by storing them in piles or letting them rub together. 

...re-work or re-shape artifacts (gluing broken artifacts back together is okay).

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