Canadian couple who accidentally dug up skeleton face $5000 archaeology bill

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Couple who found 400-year-old Native American skeleton in their backyard
    left with $5,000 bill - because they had to pay for archaeologist to look at it

    much more, with pictures, at Sunday Mail link above
     
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  3. IHAVENOCLUE

    IHAVENOCLUE Well-Known Member

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    Steely Dan Former Member

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    Interesting, how can they not see the obvious problems that this will cause?
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I'm guessing that the law was put in place as a means to enforce diligence on the part of contractors attempting large building projects over a significant area of land, who might barge on ahead instead of contacting archaeologists and historians to estimate the chances of significant gravesites being discovered on that land.
     
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    Steely Dan Former Member

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    If they'd be charged for doing so, how would that help? :waitasec:
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    The government or tribe (or both) would then assume financial responsibility for removal of the bodies - if the project were allowed to continue. (The stiff per-body penalty would act as a deterrent against the contractor barging ahead without the due diligence.)
     
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    Steely Dan Former Member

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    I thought the charge was only if an archeologist was brought in. Why isn't this couple's bill being paid for by the native tribe?
     
  10. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    If bodies were dug up at the site and state and tribal authorities had not been notified - bang! $5000 a body, if someone turns 'em in. Adds up to quite a fine, deters scofflaws operating wide.

    The Aamjiwnaany tribe is actually raising funds in order to deter or pay this couple's charges.
     
  11. Herding Cats

    Herding Cats New Member

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    You are all missing the point.

    The biggest point is...

    How long until the haunting begins?

    But seriously. This is such a mind boggling ridiculous law that I can only shake my head (and wait for the ghostie to appear).

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
  12. matou

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    This has been the way for a long time. Any achaeological bones will likely NOT be reported and thrown out ASAP because of these regulations. This person as a private owner of the property did the right thing. Huge real estate corporations have been digging up and zoning out Southern Ontario and we only ever hear about some instances on some archaeological finds. I don't think they disclose everything either. JMO
     
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    Steely Dan Former Member

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    :ghost:
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    snip
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  15. IHAVENOCLUE

    IHAVENOCLUE Well-Known Member

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    I like how you think, Herding Cats!

    :thumb: :ghost: :mummy: :thumb:
     

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