Collecting ancient artifacts and ancient art can be a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby. However, it is also an activity that can lead to you being ripped off and even being arrested. If you are interested in learning how you too can acquire a fine collection of ancient art and artifacts, read on.
Hunt for Ancient Art and Artifacts Only Where it is Allowed
The first rule of thumb to follow when collecting ancient art and artifacts is to not collect them anywhere you are not sure if it is legal to do so. This is especially true with artifacts, art, and bones left behind by the Native American populations of the past.
That said, generally speaking, ancient art and artifacts belongs to the owner of the land where they are found. This means that in most cases you can search for ancient items on private land as long as you have permission. If you want to search for art, artifacts, and bones on government land, get a permit allowing you to do so. If you cannot get such a permit. do not take anything off the land, since plenty of people have done time in jails and prisons for doing just that.
Thankfully, there are plenty of privately-owned spots in America where you can search for all sorts of beautiful and interesting items such as art, artifacts, bones and fossils, gems, diamonds, and gold.
Safely Buying Ancient Art and Artifacts
Perhaps the warnings and guidance above have got you thinking about simply buying ancient art and artifacts. This is fine since buying items is a wonderful way to build a collection. However, once again, you have got to go about buying such items in the right way because you can be ripped off and, once again, even arrested, if you do not know what you are doing.
The first step you need to take before buying anything is to research the specific art and artifacts in which you are interested. If, for example, you are especially drawn to musical instruments from ancient China, you need to read up on that subject.
This research ought to help you focus your desires so that you end up specializing in one item, such as, say, drums from the Ming Dynasty. Narrowing your focus will help you become something of an expert on these drums so that it will be much easier for you to be able to see what is legit and what is not.
Not everyone selling ancient wares is legit. You can lower the risk of being ripped off or of buying something that is illegal to buy by only purchasing items from reputable dealers. Check out their reviews and online reputations before buying from anyone.
And finally, have fun. Happy collecting.