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What Is An “Artifact” and What To Do If You May Have Found One

Indiana law protects archaeological sites with artifacts dating prior to December 31, 1870. An “artifact” is defined as “(1) a feature that is: (A) nonportable evidence of past human behavior or activity; (B) found on or in the ground, including structural remains; and (C) formed before December 31, 1870 or (2) an object made, modified, or used before December 31, 1870.” With the continued development of Madison and Hamilton County, still more artifacts will be uncovered. The Delaware Indian Tribe occupied much of the area along the White River and its tributaries prior to 1870.

If you come across an “artifact” or what you think is an “artifact”, STOP and contact our office. We would be happy to guide you through the process of identifying, protecting, and acting in accordance with the law. There are specific timelines which you have to notify the appropriate authorities, AND the failure to follow the law can result in misdemeanor or felony prosecution.


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