An Act To protect archaeological resources on public lands and Indian lands, and for other purposes

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The purpose of this Act is to secure, for the present and future benefit of the American people, the protection of archaeological resources and sites which are on public lands and Indian lands, and to foster increased cooperation and exchange of information between governmental authorities, the professional archaeological community, and private individuals having collections of archaeological resources and data which were obtained before the date of the enactment of this Act. Provisions are set forth concerning: definitions; excavation and removal; custody of resources; prohibited acts and criminal penalties; civil penalties; rewards; forfeiture; regulations; intergovernmental coordination; cooperation with private individuals; savings provisions; and annual reports.


Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 93 Stat. 721
  • Title 16, Conservation
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979".

Contained within

93 Stat. 721 (1979); Pub. L. No. 96-95 (Book)

Contact information

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


  • 1981
  • 10/31/1979


  • Archaeology
  • Antiquities
  • Historic preservation
  • Excavations (Archaeology)


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 8; Page Numbers: 721-28

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