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Looters Take Historic Artifacts From Northern California’s Lake Oroville

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OROVILLE (CBS) — With water levels dropping at Northern California rivers and reservoirs, historic and prehistoric artifacts can be found up and down the state.

But be warned, unearthing artifacts in the area could be a felony.

Jana Frazier with the Department of Water Resources is happy to show off tribal and Gold Rush artifacts at the Lake Oroville Visitors Center. But she’s worried about artifacts that can be found in a lower-than-normal Lake Oroville.

“When we have hikers go out, they sometimes find things that they shouldn’t take,” she said.

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