A little bit of history was stolen from two display cases at the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla Tuesday. Some 28 Native American artifacts were taken from the small town museum. Among them were items such as a stone ax head, arrowheads, decorative trade pipes, a hide scraper and some pottery pieces.
Curator Leslie White says while items like the arrowheads are plentiful in their area, it’s hard to put a value on the other artifacts. “Arrowheads turn up around here everytime it rains, so they’re really not that valuable. Some of the other items are a little more valuable due to their rarity.”
According to White, an investigator with the Walhalla Police Department was able to lift a hand print off one of the display cases, but there are no other leads.
“We’re looking into offering a reward. We’ll see what we can come up for that,” White said, “We’re obviously not a well-funded organization that can just cough up a lot of money for something like that. But at the end of the day, I’d much rather just have them back.”
White says there’s somewhat of a black market for these kinds of items.