Although ARPA does not apply to state lands, the passage of this law paved the way for states, including Georgia, to enact similar laws for the protection of cultural resources located on state lands.
These laws follow the Federal ARPA law, (Archaelogical Resource Preservation Act)
ARPA was the signature law that set the standards in every State when it came to the digging of and the removal of any artifacts. This law is a highly controversial law that questions the Executive Order established by then President Teddy Roosevelt.
You should also check the State's National Historic Preservation Act.
Remember, you can metal detect in Georgia, but not on State Lands, or beaches.
Do Not Let These Laws Stop You From Enjoying The Hobby.
The only way to fight back against the laws that are making it difficult for us to enjoy the hobby is by banding together.
If you would like to join an organization that is fighting for your rights to metal detect please visit WWATS.
Are You Interested In A Metal Detector Or Accessories?
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If you plan to metal detect in Georgia parks, you should check with each town or village to see if they have any laws against detecting. You may have to ask lots of questions because many municipalities have no idea whether or not they have such laws.
If you are told there is a law that prohibits metal detecting or digging, ask to see the law in writing. There are times when city, town, or village officials just say "no" to detecting without really knowing the correct answer.