These laws follow the Federal ARPA law, (Archaelogical Resource Preservation Act)
Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)
ARPA was enacted by Congress in 1906 to protect our nation's archaeological resources located on public lands. This law provides for punishment of individuals who knowingly loot or vandalize archaeological sites by imposing stiff fines, imprisonment, and confiscation of artifacts as well as tools and vehicles used in the violation. 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.
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.
If you plan to metal detect in Georgia parks, you should check with each town or village to see what their policies are like.
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.
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