Protecting Our Resources
"The past belongs to the future ...
But only the present can preserve it." — Anon.
The remains of prehistoric and historic cultures belong to all of us. When artifacts are stolen and archeological sites are destroyed, we lose important clues about the past, forever. Once a site is disturbed, it becomes very difficult to learn what people did there. Without a detailed description of where an artifact was found and what it was associated with, it remains merely a lone object and cannot give us meaningful information about past human behavior. Illegal surface collecting and excavation, and malicious vandalism of sites and ruins, permanently destroys archeological resources, the non-renewable remains of America's heritage.