The Arkansas Archeological Survey and Southern Arkansas University report
the theft of 26 prehistoric Caddo Indian pottery vessels from the Arkansas
Archeological Survey's Research Station collections at Southern Arkansas
University. The pottery vessels are all from the Cedar Grove site located on
the Red River in Lafayette County, Arkansas. The vessels belong to the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and are federal property. Photographs and complete
documentation of each pottery vessel exist so they will be very difficult to
sell on the open market.
The vessels are from Indian graves subject to the provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a federal law. If the
vessels were transported across state lines they will be subject to the
federal Archeological Resource Protection Act. Hence, the thieves can be
prosecuted under two separate federal laws as well as state law. For these
reasons, the SAU Police Department is working with the El Dorado office of
the FBI in the investigation.