I went to the Houston Parks and Recreation permit office this morning to discuss the permitting procedure to dig in Hermann Park. Unfortunately, the lady at the desk that I had a nice visit with, informed me that all digging for The Secret Casque had been banned. The department is citing the Antiquity Laws of Texas which includes all city parks. Here is the entire quote she gave me printed out:
"Unfortunately according to Antiquities Code and deeds:
- Digging ("breaking ground") for anything like this in a park requires a permit from the State Historical Commission.
- The party breaking ground must be a qualified archeologist approved by the state per code
- Anything actually found beneath the surface is the property of the State of Texas per code
- It would not be considered a project in keeping with the deed restrictions in HP and others"
So, they have basically banned anyone willing to go through the permitting procedure and encouraged others to sneak in and damage the park.
Penalty if caught:
§ 191.171. CRIMINAL PENALTY. (a) A person violating any
of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on
conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50 and not
more than $1,000, by confinement in jail for not more than 30 days,
or by both.
I remember reading of a group in Houston that had developed contacts in the park hq to dig but I can't find it now. If I find them I will give them my theory and they can do what they wish. The location I have may have already been dug by someone. I don't know.