Metal Detecting In North Dakota?

You Should Know The Law

Metal detecting in North Dakota follows the ARPA (Archeological Resources Preservation Act) of 1906.

Please click on the link below for the ARPA explanation and some of the problems people face who break this law.

Be sure and read through the entire page at the link above.

Even though ARPA does not specifically mention "metal detecting", you need to understand what ARPA says about digging artifacts. ARPA and You

One of the major issues of North Dakota archaeolgists is the destruction and removal of Indian burial grounds and Indian artifacts.

In most of the western and southwestern States, sacred Indian grounds have been an issue. For years, looters, and thieves, I call them scumbags, have pilfered these sacred areas.

Because of this problem, archaeologists and the States have been watching our hobby very closely. Due to the scumbags who loot these sacred grounds, as well as historic battlefields, all of us now pay the price of having our freedom to metal detect infringed upon.

And if ARPA isn't enough of a law, North Dakota like many other States has to deal with another set of laws under the

National Historic Preservation Act - NHPA.

You can visit the following link for more information on ARPA and the NHPA in North Dakota.

ARPA and NHPA To keep this law stuff simple:

if you are metal detecting in North Dakota, especially on State Land,

do not dig anything that you believe is an artifact, or anything that is older than 100 years.

If you want to detect on private property, then be sure you get written permission from the landowner.

For detecting in North Dakota, town, village and city parks, you'll need to check with those local officials.

I cannot be responsible for any outdated laws from the time of this posting.

My home page is all about metal detecting in eastern ghost towns.

Have you

been metal detecting in North Dakota ghost towns?