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Title 27: LIBRARIES, HISTORY, CULTURE AND ART

Chapter 13: ARCHAEOLOGY

Subchapter 2: STATE-OWNED OBJECTS AND SPECIMENS

§376. Antiquities recovered from archaeological sites

1. State-owned artifacts to remain in Maine. No artifacts, objects, specimens or materials originating from a site on state-controlled land may be authorized to leave the State permanently without written permission of the permittors. They may be loaned for a term specified by the permittors for proper study or exhibit.

[ 1981, c. 55, §7 (NEW) .]

2. Sale of artifacts. Attempts to sell, offers of sale and sale of artifacts, objects or specimens, excavated after the effective date of this Act, whether excavated lawfully or unlawfully from a site, without the written permission of the permit grantors or the Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Director of the State Museum, are punishable by a civil penalty not greater than twice the price for which artifacts, objects of specimens are sold or offered for sale.

[ 1989, c. 700, Pt. A, §114 (AMD) .]

3. Prosecution. The Attorney General, upon receiving notification and evidence of violation of this section from the Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, is authorized to file a complaint against the person named in the District Court of the district in which the person resides, or in the district in which the violation occurred.

[ 1981, c. 55, §7 (NEW) .]

4. Artifact ownership. Artifacts, objects, materials and specimens recovered from sites on state-controlled land are the property of the State Museum. Artifacts, objects, specimens or materials originating from a site on other than state-controlled land are the property of the landowner and shall be deposited with a suitable repository as designated by the landowner in the preservation agreement, or the permit.

[ 1989, c. 700, Pt. A, §114 (AMD) .]

SECTION HISTORY

1981, c. 55, §7 (NEW). 1989, c. 700, §A114 (AMD).