Two Booneville men have been charged with vandalizing an archaeological site and artifacts in connection with an incident last March.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit an Arkansas Game & Fist Wildlife Officer was dispatched to the Wild Violet Archaeological site on the Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Logan County.
The affidavit states when the officer arrived he observed two men, later identified as Lane Auther Oliver, 21, and Seth Alexander Terry, 24, actively digging with hand tools in the bank of the site, which is reportedly known to have tribal artifacts and human remains located within the site.
In an interview with the officer, both Oliver and Terry allegedly confirmed they knew the site to be an archaeological burial site and that it was illegal to remove items from the site and both claimed to be looking for arrowheads.
On Terry the officer found items believed to be flint, flakes and a partial arrowhead.
In subsequent interviews the two admitted to digging in the location at least 14 times and Oliver admitted to locating at least two arrowheads, the affidavit states. Terry admitted to finding four or five bird points and 10 or 11 arrowheads and told a United States Forest Service officer he had been digging in the site since he was 9.
A survey of damage to the site was ordered and in August a USFS archaeologist assessed the damage at $4,594.74. Because the damage assessment exceeded $1,000, the charge against the men is a Class D felony.