Do relic hunters ever work with the Park Service to find artifacts?



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    All the time. In fact, the US National Park Service has a Federal Archaeology Program dedicated to doing just that. Whenever operations are conducted on federal land, in national parks or elsewhere, archaeologists are consulted if there are (or are likely to be) culturally significant artifacts disturbed or unearthed, for example, where a highway is being built through territory reserved for Indian tribes. Some national parks even have archaeologists on-staff to search for artifacts or to manage preservation of those already found. Many of these activities can be complicated and sensitive, even controversial, such as when Native American tribes claim ownership of artifacts discovered on federal or public land, or when private ownership rights conflict with cultural values. Beyond the issues of Indian artifacts, nationally-administered sites such as Civil War battlefields or homes of American historical figures often see considerable archaeological activity related to their historical significance.

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