Archaeological Ethics

There are many things that can add to a good experience visiting an archaeological site.  Most important is leaving with the knowledge that you have taken part in learning about the past and have left the area in good condition for others to enjoy.

The State Historic Preservation Office assembled a set of ethics for visiting archaeological sites.  Following these tips will enhance your own experience and also that of the visitors who come after you.

  • Rock circles or alignments are trying to tell a story, moving them "closes the book" without anyone having a chance to interpret what they mean.
  • Walk lightly across desert pavement where your tracks could cause disturbance to geoglyphs or ancient paths/trails.
  • If you spot an object of archaeological interest, please stop to examine and photograph the item if you like, but please do not move or disturb it.
  • Ruins and petroglyphs are important to Indian people today just as they were hundreds of years ago. Altering the natural landscape can be offensive to contemporary tribal members who still visit these places as their ancestors did.


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