Durango Herald Allegations of Artifact Dealing by Public Archaeologists

The Durango Herald 12/05/2010 | Illicit gains.

Illicit gains

Informant hints public employees involved

He came back with hints that public employees – archaeologists and rangers for land-management agencies – are involved in artifacts dealing, in violation of federal law.

The suggestion has rattled practitioners of the profession, who fear such allegations could cast a pall over the field.

Gardiner’s conversations with artifacts dealer Robert B. Knowlton, now of Grand Junction, were summarized by David Moore, a special agent with the Bureau of Land Management, in a search warrant affidavit for Knowlton’s house.

On two occasions, Knowlton showed Gardiner his collection of artifacts, not knowing that Gardiner had a hidden camera.

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