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Town seeks more control over archaeological digs

December 1, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — South Deerfield wants more say over archaeological digs.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1b6loJZ ) that the proposed rule would give the Deerfield Historical Commission oversight over all town archaeological resources and improve accountability among archaeologists surveying and digging land.

The rule would require archaeologists who come to Deerfield with a state permit from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to first approach the Deerfield Historical Commission, which would protect private land.

Before a survey begins, an archaeologist would be required to meet with the Deerfield Historical Commission and present a state permit, research design and scope of proposed work, the contract agreement with the landowner and a property ownership plot plan.

Proposed state legislation would establish a commission to determine if laws governing archaeological, geological and fossil resources in the Connecticut River Valley are strong enough.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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