Missouri man accused of illegal excavation on Native American site


Kansas City, Missouri (AP) —Federal charges indicate that Missouri men and others have invaded prehistoric Native American ruins, using shovels, rakes, and other tools to dig up relics and count. Caused 100,000 dollars in damage.

Johnny Lee Brown, 70, from Clinton, Missouri, was charged with 11 indictments filed on April 26, but was opened and published on Tuesday.

In the complaint, two known conspirators, Brown, unearthed at least 10 archaeological items from the federal land of Lake Truman near the town of Tightwad, Missouri, from June to September 2016. Claims to have done.

This site is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is located on the peninsula. It dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in the late Archaic era. The indictment states that the findings indicate that it was used as a campsite, as a place for stone processing, or both.

The suspect allegedly used a small trowel, shovel, rake, and hoe to remove items from the site using a bucket and backpack. The indictment does not state what Brown and others allegedly did with the items taken.

According to a US law firm in Kansas City, illegal excavations have caused more than $ 300,000 in damage. Members of Osage told federal investigators that the damage “has a major impact on the cultural history of Osage and its related tribes,” the indictment said.

Brown’s lawyer on Wednesday did not immediately respond to the email asking for comment.

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