It has been illegal since the Antiquities Act of 1907.
It is illegal and immoral to take home even the tiniest object—a corncob, a bit of broken pottery, a flake from an arrowhead. Even if you just want a little souvenir.
Stealing, looting, and defacing is also immoral and tragic. When someone destroys even a small part of the remnants left by prehistoric people, it can never be replaced. Everything it could have told us is lost.
Unfortunately, it happens often.
And you can help.
Looters and vandals are prosecuted vigorously in Utah. Some have served jail time and others have paid large fines. By reporting them, you can help preserve the past.