Mammoth man guilty of looting 20,000 prehistoric artifacts

A Mammoth Lakes doctor faces up to two years in prison and a hefty fine after pleading guilty to illegally looting about 20,000 Native American artifacts from Nevadan prehistoric sites for more than two decades in Nevada.

Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, an anesthesiologist at Mammoth Hospital, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 21 felony counts of transporting archaeological resources and excavating, removing, damaging or defacing those resources, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California.

Officials said Bourne was collecting artifacts and archaeological resources since 1994. He was accused of taking glass trade beads to his Mammoth home on October 2010. He also allegedly altered a small prehistoric site, cremation site and burial cairns at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Read more.