Report a Crime Against History
- Have you seen a cultural item for sale online?
- Have you seen an archaeological site damaged by looting or vandalism?
- Did you see someone actively looting?
- Do you know someone who steals from sites?
- Do you know someone who buys or sells artifacts or human remains?
Things to Know Before You Call
- If you see a looter in the act, get to a safe place and call 911.
- Do not confront active looters. They may be armed and dangerous.
- Do not investigate. You could damage important evidence.
- Leave immediately and promptly report. Take notes on any details you remember.
Common Suspect Behaviors in the Field
- Trespassing hikers or campers on Indian lands
- Scouting archaeological sites, especially at night
- Hiding equipment or artifacts at sites
- Possession of artifacts, human remains, or tools
- Vehicles parked in remote areas or near an archaeological site
- Use of heavy machinery or earth-moving equipment in remote areas or near an archaeological site
Common Suspect Behaviors at Home
- Suspicious nighttime visits to public or Indian land
- Unexplained equipment like probes, shovels, picks, sifting screens, metal detectors, rock saws, trowels, or backhoes
- Collections of pottery, arrowheads, or human remains
- Internet search history about buying and selling artifacts
- Involvement in criminal activity (like drug trafficking)
What a Damaged Site Looks Like
- Freshly dug holes with loose soil
- Evidence of digging, probing, or heavy machinery
- Small piles of collected artifacts, especially pottery or metal objects
- Graffiti (spray paint, chiseled areas, scratches, etc)
- Dumped trash
- Stashed tools (like shovels and probes) or clothing (like knee pads and gloves)
- Check out What Does a Crime Against History Look Like?
If You Witness A Crime
Collect a Reward
The information provided above will remain confidential and will go directly to a
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent.
SAVE HISTORY offers up to a $10,000 reward for information about an archaeological resource crime.
We don’t care who you are, we just care what you know!
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