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Arizona archaeologists blast proposal to allow nonprofessionals to do cultural surveys on state land

Ranchers are backing a proposed law that would allow people with minimal training to look for historic artifacts on state land — a move that could lead to the destruction of important archaeological sites.

"Arizona's history is at risk here," said Matthew Behrend, a former lead archaeologist for the Arizona State Land Department. "I don’t think they realize the implications of what they’re proposing in this bill, or what it would actually do."


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