Re: PA Native American literature/ reference material
The original post said "native american". As far as metal detecting the metal detector is a tool, yes. Private property you basically can do what you want. State Game Land you can not remove any artifact. If you had an old site on your private property yes you could dig it all up as you say. However how will you describe the window on the Historical past if all you have is the metal items you found from your detector? Your window will only be open part way. If an Archaeologist does a controlled piece plot, obtains vertical as well as horizontal distribution of metal objects, then creates a three dimensional map, features can be identified and interpreted for a more complete understanding of life at the site. Your window to History will be opened much wider. I do not post on this forum to fight. As a matter of fact 4c I was going to meet you guys in Lancaster and do all the paper work for the mill site you detected and at my cost. You mention you would like to help out and donate your finds. You can join your local Archaeological Society Chapter. Its listed on the states web site. I don't mind teaching others. The more people understand the more preservation will/might occur. Fleroo your area is very very rich in Historical as well as Prehistorical Sites. Some projects I worked on near you was the Malden Industrial Park, Mon Valley Express Way, Greensburg Bypass, Wheeling Creek Dam, South Point, and Canonsburg sewage relocation just to name a few. As we speak in your area sites are being destroyed by natural gas drilling around Ten Mile Creek. So in a nut shell yes you can destroy private property if you have permission and if you want but is it ethical? I took my 13 year old son turkey hunting above the Allegheny River just north of Pittsburgh. We roosted a double bearded turkey the night prior to our hunt then crawled out. That night we talked and both agreed NOT to shoot the turkey out of the tree. The next morn the turkey was still on the limb at 25 yards my son waited we gave some soft tree clucks but the live hens a few trees away took the tom away. Could my son have killed the bird yes was it legal yes but was it ethical?
Hunting Success "Nature will teach you but you must spend time in her classroom"