WHAT TO DO IF:

  • You discover artifacts. Unless immediately threatened, leave things as found. Context is the most important part of the site. Report immediately to:
  • Ellen Berkland, Archaeologist 
    DCR Office of Cultural Resources 
    251 Causeway Street Boston, MA 02114 
    617-626-1377 
    ellen.berkland@state.ma.us
  • If materials must be removed soon because they will be lost, damaged or are otherwise threatened, record as much information as possible about the location, i.e., approximate distances to nearby landmarks, features etc. Contact DCR Archaeologist immediately and arrange for a site visit.
  • You wish to provide information about sites you know of, or about collectors/collections, take down all pertinent information: Name; Address; Telephone; Site location; type and quantity of artifacts and contact DCR Archaeologist.
  • You wish to donate materials, please contact to DCR Archaeologist.
  • You want information on archaeological site locations --- SORRY!!!! --- Site specific information is strictly confidential.
  • You witness anyone collecting or digging on state land, immediately contact the DCR Archaeologist. Any person who, without a permit, injures, destroys, excavates, appropriates, or removes any historic or pre-Contact ruin, artifact, object of antiquity, Native American remains, Native American cultural item, or archaeological resource on public lands is subject to arrest and penalty of law. Penalties prescribed by law may include fines, imprisonment or both.
  • You witness someone using a metal detector, call the DCR Archaeologist. The use of metal detectors on DCR property is forbidden on two accounts: they damage the landscape and they are employed with the intent of removing objects from state land. The use of metal detectors is another form of “looting” and “pot-hunting” and is therefore subject to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 92, Section 37, as amended.
  • You witness someone taking, removing, destroying, defacing, tampering or disturbing any rock, earth, soil, gem, mineral, fossil, or other geological deposit, contact the DCR Archaeologist.
  • Human burials are accidently uncovered. Do not touch or disturb the bones. Notify the state or local police and the regional medical examiner about the discovery and location.
  • You are interested in finding out more on the field of archaeology and about resources that are available to the public, contact the DCR Archaeologist at ellen.berkland@state.ma.us.