The general assembly of the state of Rhode Island hereby declares that the public
has an interest in the identification, interpretation, preservation, and protection
of the state's archaeological resources including underwater historic properties situated
under the navigable waters and territorial seas of the state; that the public has
a right to the knowledge to be derived and gained from a scientific study of these
resources; and that therefore it is the purpose of this chapter to provide that activities
for the identification, preservation, excavation, study, and exhibition of the state's
archaeological resources be undertaken in a coordinated and organized manner, with
due consideration given to other significant natural and man-made environmental assets,
for the general welfare of the public as a whole.
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