Is it legal to dive for artifacts in river and stream bottoms
or along the coast?
No. The state claims all navigable
river and stream bottoms as well as the ocean bottom out to
three miles from the coastline and artifacts/submerged cultural
resources found on these bottoms (OCGA 12-3-80 to 83). The
state may grant permits for investigation, survey, and recovery
activities if the public interest is served. Diving to look
at or photograph submerged cultural resources requires no permit.
For information about permit application or the law, contact
the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 404-656-2840.
What do I do if I have skeletal remains?
over Indian skeletal remains or burial objects, contact your local
law enforcement agency or the Georgia Council on American Indian
Concerns (404-656-5335). The Council will make arrangements for
the return of the remains or objects to descendants or tribes who
can establish a cultural affiliation to the material.
How do I legally do archeology?
There are many archeological
projects (digs) that use amateurs and others. Archaeology magazine
is a good source of information on such “digs.” The
U.S. Forest Service often has digs open to the public, usually
for a few weeks in the summer. Contact the U.S. Forest Service
for information on their Passport in Time program. Universities
in Georgia rarely accept non-students for digs. Private companies
that do archeology don’t hire inexperienced, untrained staff.
The Society for Georgia Archaeology’s newsletter and members
are good sources of information on archeological projects in Georgia.
To join the Society, write to SGA, P. O. Box 693, Athens, GA 30603.
Where can I obtain more information and copies of the code
Each courthouse has copies of Georgia’s
code sections, and usually the Clerk of the Court can help
you find and copy particular sections. On this Web site, the Laws page contains references to all the Georgia code
sections and federal laws and
information on site protection and other issues relating to