Members of SEFAS agree to the following Code of Ethics:

Exploration of archaeological sites are conducted in accordance with Federal, State, County, and local laws, and are conducted under the direct supervision of qualified personnel.

Results of exploration and research are documented.

ALL articles and materials recovered from archaeological sites are turned over to SEFAS.

Members will not participate in the illegal trade of antiquities or participate in exploration which could result in illegal trade.

The appropriate authorities are informed of threats to or plunder of archaeological sites if discovered by a member.

Members will participate in educating both the residents of and visitors to Florida in understanding the state's historical and archaeological heritage.



Florida Statute 872.05 Unmarked human burials.
DISCOVERY OF AN UNMARKED HUMAN BURIAL OTHER THAN DURING AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION.

When an unmarked human burial is discovered other than during an archaeological excavation authorized by the state or an educational institution, all activity that may disturb the unmarked human burial shall cease immediately, and the district medical examiner shall be notified. Such activity shall not resume unless specifically authorized by the district medical examiner or the State Archaeologist.
(a) If the district medical examiner finds that the unmarked human burial may be involved in a legal investigation or represents the burial of an individual who has been dead less than 75 years, the district medical examiner shall assume jurisdiction over and responsibility for such unmarked human burial, and no other provisions of this section shall apply. The district medical examiner shall have 30 days after notification of the unmarked human burial to determine if he or she shall maintain jurisdiction or refer the matter to the State Archaeologist.
(b) If the district medical examiner finds that the unmarked human burial is not involved in a legal investigation and represents the burial of an individual who has been dead 75 years or more, he or she shall notify the State Archaeologist, and the division may assume jurisdiction over and responsibility for the unmarked human burial pursuant to subsection (6).
(c) When the division assumes jurisdiction over an unmarked human burial, the State Archaeologist shall consult a human skeletal analyst who shall report within 15 days as to the cultural and biological characteristics of the human skeletal remains and where such burial or remains should be held prior to a final disposition.

Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research
Phone: 850-245-6444 Fax: 850-245-6452

Mary Glowacki, Ph.D., Chief and State Archaeologist

 
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