South Carolina is unique compared to many other states in that we are allowed to collect, and in most cases, keep the fossils and artifacts ...read more
South Carolina is unique compared to many other states in that we are allowed to collect, and in most cases, keep the fossils and artifacts legally recovered in state waters. However, with this right comes a responsibility. Regardless of whether you find one shark tooth or hundreds in the rivers of South Carolina, you are required by law to have an SCIAA Permit. Fossils and artifacts recovered have to be reported quarterly (or more frequently) to the department to screen for scientifically relevant recoveries that could add substantially to what is known about the rich anthropological and paleontological history of South Carolina. There is much more to be learned and I appreciate the chances that I have had to contribute to this ever expanding science and history. I have been excited on more than one occasion to be able to donate noteworthy fossils and artifacts for further study by multiple Museums throughout the State.
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