4 arrested for illegal archaeological dig in Jefferson County

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Four arrests have been made after a yearlong investigation into an illegal archaeological dig in Jefferson County.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Darin C. Reynolds, Taylor C. Passetti, Matthew P. Munsey and Jordan T. Patterson were arrested last week on charges of an unlawful evacuation of an archaeological site. State wildlife officers had been investigating their activity at the Aucilla River Management Area since June 2015.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Bekah Nelson told the Democrat that the area had also been looted in the past. The site is several miles from an underwater location where earlier this year Florida State University researchers found stone tools that may be up to 14,550 years old.

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