Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Steamboat Finders Dodge Law



Founders of the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City dodged a law that would have made it tough for would-be archaeologists to unearth another wrecked 19th-century steamboat.

A bill in the Missouri House would have required steamboat excavators to either be a professional archaeologist or hire one todo such digging in the state.

The 19th-century steamboat at the museum was unearthed in the1980s, along with thousands of artifacts, from the banks of the Missouri River near Parkville. The museum about has 130,000 visitors a year.

The bill also would have required applicants to provide detailed plans and proof of funding for such projects.

The measure never made it to law because it was not addressed before the end of the recent legislative session.


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