Looters Plunder up to $500 Million Worth of Historic Artifacts a Year

September 2007
Military History;Sep2007, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p10
The article reports on the arrest of several relic hunters who dug more than 450 holes along earthworks in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Within a month, thieves made off with 22 bronze railings from the Pennsylvania Monument at Petersburg National Battlefield, vandals bored holes around the Texas Memorial at Vicksburg National Military Park, and two youths spotted using a metal detector at Wilderness Battlefield during daylight hours were caught with 20 artifacts.


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