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TITLE 36--PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC PROPERTY CHAPTER I--NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PART 2--RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION--
Sec. 2.1(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the following is prohibited:
6) Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing a structure or its furnishing or fixtures, or other cultural or archeological resources.
American Antiquities Act of 1906
16 USC 431-433
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity, situated on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States, without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of the Government having jurisdiction over the lands on which said antiquities are situated, shall, upon conviction, be fined in a sum of not more than five hundred dollars or be imprisoned for a period of not more than ninety days, or shall suffer both fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.
Archaeological Resources Protection- Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979
§ 470ee. Prohibited acts and criminal penalties (a) Unauthorized excavation, removal, damage, alteration, or defacement of archaeological resources No person may excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface, or attempt to excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface any archaeological resource located on public lands or Indian lands unless such activity is pursuant to a permit issued under section 470cc of this title, a permit referred to in section 470cc(h)(2) of this title, or the exemption contained in section 470cc(g)(1) of this title.
PRESERVATION OF PREHISTORIC AND HISTORIC SITES
Nevada Revised Statues 381.195 Definitions. As used in NRS 381.195 to 381.227 , inclusive:
1. "Historic" means after the middle of the 18th century .
2. "Historic site" means a site, landmark or monument of historical significance pertaining to the white man's history of Nevada, or Indian campgrounds, shelters, petroglyphs, pictographs and burials.
3. "Prehistoric" means before the middle of the 18th century.
4. "Prehistoric site" means any archeological or paleontological site, ruin, deposit, fossilized footprints and other impressions, petroglyphs and pictographs, habitation caves, rock shelters, natural caves or burial ground.
(Added to NRS by 1959, 290; A 1960, 98; 1977, 1207; 1979, 977; 1985, 516)
NRS << 381.197>> Permit required to investigate, explore or excavate historic or prehistoric site. No person shall investigate, explore or excavate an historic or prehistoric site on federal or state lands or remove any object therefrom unless he is the holder of a valid and current permit issued pursuant to the provisions of NRS 381.195 to 381.227 , inclusive.