The great importance of accurate documentation cannot be overstated here--there is a small but vocal subcommunity of professional archaeologists who feel that private stewardship of Americana is detrimental to the advancement of knowledge. Many within this group have openly sought legislation to limit, prevent and even outlaw the private collection of artifacts.
One potential future focus of such efforts may be to undermine the rightful ownership of 'culturally significant' family heirlooms. The concept put forth is that such private stewardship infringes upon the rights for 'all to know or gain by knowing' about the past.
~ Proposed Report/Project/Essay Subjects ~
~ Where do your state and federal legislators stand on these issues?
~ How do you feel about restricting the hunting and possession of artifacts?
~ How do you feel about you/your family's legal standing to claims of private ownership/stewardship
of potentially culturally significant family heirlooms and personal-found artifacts?
Additional Links and References
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Virginia Archaeology Network
Archaeological Society of Virginia
Virginia Archaeology Links