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Re: Meth Addicts Finding, Selling Artrifacts

It is better than them breaking into houses and murdering families like the guy in Idaho. Fossils are going to be location specific however. I know a few collectors (with college degrees) from back in my college days who are now crack addicts or worse. It says something about our society. Perhaps there is just a proportions of guys who like to get the kick of finding something, also happen to be meth addicted or even have a propensity toward substance abuse by archeological wannabes (maybe paleowannabes too.) Working stoned, looking for stones while stoned. There is a theme there somewhere. Meth (quite literally) is one of the worse things to hit the planet since the Cretaceous impactor. It is deeply troubling if these types start raising funds by selling fossils. The term context will become lost in the haze.
Frank Bliss
MS Biostratigraphy
Weston, Wyoming

On Sep 13, 2005, at 9:47 AM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:

This was a disturbing little item. Here, it's various archaeological
artifacts, and I suppose it's just a short hop over to fossils. Has
anyone heard of that happening?

AUGUST 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - The White County sheriff says the time-consuming and methodical task of searching for arrowheads on farmland and in river beds seems to appeal to methamphetamine addicts. Sheriff Pat Garrett says that after more than 100 search warrants, he has come to expect arrowheads, many thousands of years old, when he storms the homes of suspected meth makers.

Tony Young of Velvet Ridge says the sheriff is on to something. Young is in jail awaiting trial on a meth charge. He says looking for arrowheads gives people wired on meth something to do. To pay for his legal defense, Young sold his arrowhead collection to a local dealer.

Young says that many nights he found himself in fields full of fellow arrowhead hunters and many of them were high on meth.

Arkansas State archeologist Ann Early says she's seen meth users collecting arrowheads in the Ozarks. She says it is troubling that they have taken to collecting Indian artifacts.