Bowie man sentenced for illegally removing artifacts from prehistoric Native American site
A Bowie, Ariz. man was sentenced Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Tucson to five years of probation and ordered to pay over $8,000 to the Bureau of Land Management after previously pleading guilty to unlawfully removing ancient Native American artifacts from an archaeological site on public land.
Court documents show that on multiple occasions in April and May 2012, David James Ioli, 69, visited the Nine Mile Archaeological Site, which is owned and managed by the BLM, near Bowie.
Archaeologists date the site to the late Mogollon to early Salado period, which would make it between a thousand and eight hundred years old. During his visits, Ioli excavated and removed numerous artifacts, including pottery, arrowheads, and grinding stones known as manos and metates.