An Act For the preservation of American antiquities

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  • Any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity, situated on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States, without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of the Government having jurisdiction over the lands on which the antiquities are situated, shall, upon conviction, be fined in a sum of not more than $500 or be imprisoned for a period of not more than ninety days, or shall suffer both fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.
  • The President of the United States is authorized, in his discretion, to declare by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest to be national monuments. Permits for the examination of ruins, the excavation of archaeological sites, and the gathering of objects of antiquity upon the lands under their respective jurisdictions may be granted by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and War. The Secretaries of these Departments shall make and publish uniform rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.


  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States. Dept of War
  • United States. Secretary of War
  • United States. Secretary of Agriculture


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  • 34 Stat. 225
  • Title 25, Indians
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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34 Stat. 225 (1906); ch. 3060 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1907
  • 06/08/1906


  • Historic buildings
  • Archaeology
  • Antiquities
  • Historic preservation
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Monuments
  • Antiquities, Prehistoric
  • Executive power
  • National monuments


Public Law

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Number of pages: 1; Page Numbers: 225

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