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By Dian Ver Valen
The Times 

Archeologists Accused of Artifact Theft in Columbia County

Missouri prof. among those facing charges for field work in Umatilla National Forest in 2013


DAYTON – Three out-of-state, professional archeologists were charged last week in Columbia County Superior Court with theft of prehistoric artifacts from the Umatilla National Forest and Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness in 2013.

Richard Lee Lyman, 64, is a professor and chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Missouri and holds a doctorate of anthropology from the University of Washington.

Lyman was arraigned on Wednesday, July 22, on charges of second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief, both class C felonies, and making false or misleading statements to a p...

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