In Blanding, Utah, collecting pre-Columbian artifacts was an accepted pastime for ecades. But new enforcement of antiquities law has brought the FBI down upon the town and angered and divided the people there.
"In the 1950s... most people in the town... gave little thought to the native Americans who had lived on the same land a millennium before them." When Winston Hurst, who had collected arrowheads as a boy, left Blandings and became an archaeologist, he "came to see the town's obsession with collecting ancient artefacts as a desecration." The FBI investigation caused great upheaval in the town and is blamed for at least one suicide.