The sale and purchasing of artifacts that have been removed from State and or Federal lands is in direct violation of the archaeological protection act of 1979 Title 16 U.S.C. sec. 470ee.
American Thunder Antiquities will absolutley not deal in, nor purchase items that violate this law under any conditions!!! It is our personal guarantee that our items for sale, and in our private collections, are all obtained from private property with landowner consent. All artifacts have been obtained from legal sites.
Archaeological Protection Act of 1979 Title 16 U.S.C. sec. 470ee
§ 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.
- (B) Trafficking in archaeological resources the excavation or removal of which was wrongful under Federal law.
No person may sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive, or offer to sell,
purchase, or exchange any archaeological resource if such resource was excavated or removed from public lands or Indian lands in violation of -
- (1) the prohibition contained in subsection (a) of this section, or
- (2) any provision, rule, regulation, ordinance, or permit in effect under any
other provision of Federal law.
- (C) Trafficking in interstate or foreign commerce in archaeological
resources the excavation, removal, sale, purchase, exchange, transportation or receipt of which was wrongful under State or local law No person may sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive, or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange, in interstate or foreign commerce, any archaeological resource excavated, removed, sold, purchased, exchanged, transported, or received in violation of any provision, rule, regulation, ordinance, or permit in effect under State or local law.
- (D) Penalties.
Any person who knowingly violates, or counsels, procures, solicits, or employs any other person to violate, any prohibition contained in subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both: Provided, however, That if the commercial or archaeological value of the archaeological resources involved and the cost of restoration and repair of such resources exceeds the sum of $500, such person shall be fined not more than $20,000 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent such violation upon conviction such person shall be fined not more than $100,000, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
- (E) Effective date.
The prohibitions contained in this section shall take effect on October 31, 1979.
- (F) Prospective application.
Nothing in subsection (b)(1) of this section shall be deemed applicable to any person with respect to an archaeological resource which was in the lawful possession of such person prior to October 31, 1979.
- (G) Removal of arrowheads located on ground surface.
Nothing in subsection (d) of this section shall be deemed applicable to any person with respect to the removal of arrowheads located on the surface of the ground.