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WYOMING

Citation: Archaeological Sites (Wyoming Stat. Ann. §36-1-114, et seq.).

Date Enacted: 1935, amended 1945, 1957, 1997

Summary: Wyoming has not specific unmarked human burial protection legislation. What little legal precedent exists, deals with archaeological resources on state and federal lands. The law protects prehistoric ruins, relics and archaeological and paleontological deposits, which could include prehistoric human burials. The State Board of Land Commissioners has responsibility for issuing excavation permits, as well as for developing and implementing regulations. Most violations are misdemeanors with fines from $25 to $200 and jail up to six months. The 1997 amendment added sever penalties from $500- 10,000 for anyone convicted of removing archaeological and paleontological deposits for commercial gain. No direction exists to coordinate with Native Americans.

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Jurisdiction: All state and federal lands. 
Statute of Limitations: Not specified.
Areas Covered Under Act:
Relics, ruins, and archaeological and paleontological deposits. 
Ownership: Not specified. 
Review/Consultation Committee: Not specified. 
Liable: Any person who violates state statute. 
Penalties: Violations are misdemeanors with fines from $25 to $200 and jail up to six months. Convictions related to commercial looting are felonies with fines from $500 to $10,000.
Exemptions: Not specified. 
Permitting: Permits issued by State Board of Land Commissioners.