2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 8:680 — Discovery of unmarked burial sites, human skeletal remains, and burial artifacts

§680.  Discovery of unmarked burial sites, human skeletal remains, and burial artifacts

A.  Any person who has reason to believe he or she has discovered an unmarked burial site or received human skeletal remains from an unmarked burial site shall notify the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction where the site or remains are located within twenty-four hours of discovery.  Any person who has reason to believe he or she has discovered or received burial artifacts shall notify the board through the division of archaeology within seventy-two hours of the discovery.  Failure to give notice as required is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.

B.  Any activity that may disturb the unmarked burial site, human skeletal remains, or burial artifacts associated with the site shall immediately cease on discovery.  No activity which will disturb the unmarked burial site shall resume until the board has issued a permit governing the disposition of the unmarked burial site, the human skeletal remains, or the burial artifacts.  In no event shall the board take longer than thirty days to decide on issuance of a permit without the written agreement of all parties.

C.  Each law enforcement agency that receives notice of an unmarked burial site or human skeletal remains shall immediately notify the coroner of the parish where the site or remains are found.  The law enforcement agency shall also notify the board through the division of archaeology within two business days of any discovery unless circumstances indicate that the death or burial is less than fifty years old or that there is need for a criminal investigation or legal inquiry by the coroner.

D.  If the coroner finds that the unmarked burial site is over fifty years old and that there is no need for a legal inquiry by his office or for a criminal investigation, the board shall have jurisdiction of the site, human skeletal remains, and the burial artifacts.

Acts 1991, No. 704, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992.

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