How Much is it Worth? Explaining Archaeological Value under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Dore, Heritage Business International, L3C

There is a high rate of damage to archaeological sites in Arizona from both looting and negligence. On Federal and Indian land, this damage is criminal and there is a defined procedure for the legal valuation of it by archaeologists. This session reviews the valuation procedures defined in the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and its implementing regulations. It also reviews and discusses the Society for American Archaeology’s Professional Standards for the Determination of Archaeological Value. The session concludes with an overview of the common mistakes archaeologists have made in real damage assessment cases that have caused problems for the prosecution and resulted in reductions in penalties for those found guilty. This session discusses the valuation (a business concept) of damage to archaeological sites.