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Stacy Schneyder, Meris Mullaley and ICF Jones & Stokes
ICF Jones & Stokes and two of their employees have received recognition from Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The group was presented with certificates of appreciation for the discovery of looting at and protection of a Portland excavation site.
Stacy Schneyder and Meris Mullaley were walking by a lot where a building had been recently demolished. They noticed a man digging and removing items from an open pit. Schneyder and Mullaley recognized the items as historic artifacts. Being archaeologists, they know that this was not the appropriate way to handle such objects and decided to approach the man. They requested to see the state-issued archaeological permit that allows such work. He did not have a permit and quickly packed up and left.
Schneyder and Mullaley immediately notified the Portland City officials, the police and the State Historic Preservation Office. ICF Jones & Stokes, the company for which the women work, understanding the gravity of the situation, allowed them to stay at the location on paid time to ensure no further violation would not occur. Schneyder and Mullaley remained at the site for four hours until it was secured.
State Archaeologist, Dennis Griffin, commended Schneyder and Mullaley for their actions. “It took great courage and dedication on the part of Stacy and Meris to confront the looter and then stand guard over the site until they knew it was protected and real altruism on the part of ICF Jones & Stokes to grant them paid time to ensure that a valuable historic resource was protected.”

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