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.