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Our staff archaeologist helps with construction projects to make sure that there's no damage to archaeological findings. Other responsibilities include conducting surveys, providing training, and educating the public. Because Massachusetts' archaeological record includes valuable cultural resources that are vulnerable to looters, we don't offer a public listing of archaeological locations.
Unless there's a threat, leave what you found as you found it. Context is the most important part of the site. If you have to move the materials, record as much information as you can about the place (e.g. distance to nearby landmarks, features, etc.) In either case, contact the DCR archaeologist as soon as possible.
Give as much pertinent information to the DCR archaeologist as possible: name, address, telephone, site location, type and quantity of artifacts.
Please contact to DCR archaeologist.
Site information is confidential.
Immediately contact the DCR archaeologist. Any person who, without a permit, injures, destroys, excavates, appropriates, or removes any historic or pre-contact ruin, artifact, ancient object, Native American remains, Native American cultural item, or archaeological resource on public lands is subject to arrest and penalty of law. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, or both.
Call the DCR archaeologist. Metal detectors aren't allowed on DCR property for 2 reasons: they damage the landscape, and they're often used with intent to “loot” and “pot-hunt” state land. Their use is subject to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 92, Section 37, as amended.
Contact the DCR archaeologist.
Don't touch or disturb the bones. Call the state or local police and the regional medical examiner about the discovery and location.
Contact the DCR Archaeologist.