The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 11, 2012

Treasure hunters not welcome at Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG — Park officials aren't digging treasure hunters at Gettysburg battlefield.

Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park say someone apparently searching for buried relics dug 23 small holes in the park over the weekend. Now they're asking anyone with information about the holes to come forward.

Digging on national park land can be an expensive hobby. It's punishable by fines of up to $100,000 and jail time. It's even illegal to bring a metal detector on to the grounds.

Park Management Assistant Katie Lawhon said that Gettysburg saw a lot of visitors on Saturday, so it's possible the digging happened at night when the park was closed.

The Union's victory at the bloody 1863 battle is considered a major turning point of the Civil War.


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