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    Default Texas Drought Turns Weekend Warriors Into Looters of Artifacts, Fossils

    When the weather is right, Lake Whitney State Park in Texas is a wonderful place for outdoor weekend athletes to get their fix. From boating, fishing, scuba diving and water skiing, the lake offers it all.

    But with Texas locked in a record setting drought, the sinking water levels have turned the lake into something Indiana Jones would love. Texans have recently uncovered 8,000-year-old secrets, reports WFAA Dallas.

    Both fossils and Native American tools have turned up at Lake Whitney. You have to go back at least 20 years since anyone has seen the formerly remote underwater caverns that have been exposed by the historic drought. For some visitors it has been exciting and new. But for others it has been a lesson in criminal law.

    It's against Texas and federal regulations to remove Native American artifacts from archaeological sites. But WFAA reports burial sites from ancient times have been disturbed.

    The 955-acre park is located near the ruins of Towash Village, an early Texas settlement named for the chief of Hainai Indians, who moved into the region in 1934.

    So far, law enforcement has arrested 30 people for committing the crimes against history. Each was fined thousands of dollars and placed on probation.

    Some of the dig sites have been repaired at a huge cost -- as much as $30,000.
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    Robbers gonna rob.
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    This must be a boon for the archeoligists in the area. I wonder what exciting artifcacts they'll find?
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    Default Re: Texas Drought Turns Weekend Warriors Into Looters of Artifacts, Fossils

    Darn, I was also expecting dinosaur fossils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghetsis-Dennis View Post
    Darn, I was also expecting dinosaur fossils.
    We don't have many of those. For much of the Cretacious period, Texas was underwater, and we don't really have any Jurassic or Triassic fossil beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugion View Post
    We don't have many of those. For much of the Cretacious period, Texas was underwater, and we don't really have any Jurassic or Triassic fossil beds.
    Actually Dallas was pretty much Dino-City from what the tv told me :P

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    The economy must be in a bad state if folk have resorted to pinching millenia old bones for soup stock.

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