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Artifact Amnesty Feasibility Study

Comment Period Ended:  September 4, 2015

At the request of the Florida Legislature in the 2015 – 2016 General Appropriations Act, SB 2500-A, Ch. 2015-232, Laws of Florida, Line Item 3083, the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources (Division) is preparing a study of the feasibility of implementing a one-time amnesty program of limited duration for persons who possess specimens, objects, or materials of historical or archaeological value found on land owned or controlled by the state or on land owned by a water authority.

Thank you to everyone who contributed comments to this study. Questions concerning the feasibility study may be directed to the Division at Feasibility@dos.myflorida.com. You may also view the frequently asked questions (.pdf)

Current Laws and Rules

Governance of historical and archaeological resources on state lands

Florida Statutes

Statute #Statute Title
267.031  Division of Historical Resources; powers and duties
267.061  Historic Properties; state policy, responsibilities
267.11 Designation of archaeological sites
267.115   Objects of historical or archaeological value
267.12  Research permits; procedure
267.13 Prohibited practices; penalties
267.14  Legislative intent
872.05  Unmarked human burials

Florida Administrative Code

Code #Code Title
1A-31  Procedures for Conducting Exploration and Salvage of Historic Shipwreck Sites
1A-32 Archaeological Research
1A-40 Administration of Permanent Collections
1A-44 Procedures for Reporting and Determining Jurisdiction over Unmarked Human Remains
1A-45  Guidelines for the Public Display of Human Skeletal Remains

Florida has a very broad public records law. Written communications to or from the Florida Department of State and its employees are public records available to the public and media upon request, unless exempt from disclosure under one of the limited exceptions provided in the Florida Statutes. Your email address and all or significant portions of email communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.