Protect Cultural Resources
South Dakota citizens, through the South Dakota Department of Game, FIsh and Parks (GFP), are stewards of hundreds of culturally significant sites. These include prehistoric villages, American Indian worship sites, old military forts, cemeteries, log cabins, early trading post sites and areas where railroads once ran.
In 1906, Congress passed the first of many laws to protect archaeological sites, both prehistoric and historic, on federal land. Today, similar laws in South Dakota protect these cultural resources.
Archaeological and historic resources are nonrenewable resources that enhance our understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of South Dakota. These sties possess information that is significant not only to our state, but to our nation as well.
What types of items are considered archaeological resources?
Archaeological resources refer to any material remains of human life or activities. Including, but not limited to:
- Pieces of pottery
- Antique glass
- Old hardware
- Rock paintings/carvings
- Railroad items
Call 1.866.NOSWIPE to report uncovered articafts or vandalism.
Artifact Collecting is prohibited
Observe but do not touch.
Collecting artifacts at South Dakota state parks, recreation areas, and other land owned or managed by the S.D. Division of Parks and Recreation is prohibited under state law. If you notice illicit digging at an archaeological site, see someone collecting artifacts or witness an act of vandalism at a state park or recreation area, contact a member of the park staff or call the Division of Parks and Recreation at 605.773.3391 so measures can be taken to protect the site.