While on a research trip to the Umatilla National Forest and Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in 2013, a University of Missouri archaeology professor and a research specialist, along with a researcher from a Dallas university, removed for study 93 lithic artefacts by surface collection from seven sites in 2013. Since they'd not arranged permits for this work, this was in violation of the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act. They were recently were charged in rural southeastern Washington for this offence.
R. Lee Lyman, professor of archaeology at MU, was charged June 30 with second-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief and making false or misleading statements to a public servant. Matthew T. Boulanger, who is listed on university websites as a research specialist but was a doctoral candidate at the time, and Dave N. Schmitt, a research affiliate at Southern Methodist University, were both charged with second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief.The three were arraigned July 22, with Schmitt pleading not guilty and the others not entering any plea. Lyman and Boulanger’s next court date is scheduled for early September. A trial date for Schmitt was set for Oct. 15 in Washington state.
Alan Burdziak, 'MU professor, researcher charged with illegally taking artifacts', Columbia Daily Tribune Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Alan Burdziak, 'MU professor: Stolen artifacts stemmed from communication breakdown' Columbia Daily Tribune, December 19, 2015.