Arizona archaeology sites under attack by vandals-

03 Oct 2010 10:40 AM | Anonymous

 Arizona archaeology sites under attack by vandals

- Oct. 3, 2010 The Arizona Republic
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WILLIAMS - Somewhere out there, there's a modern Western explorer who decided he had something so important to say that it had to be slathered in silver paint on a remote rock wall full of ancient petroglyphs in the national forest.

The mysterious etchings depicting people, animals and a blazing sun are in a box canyon known as Keyhole Sink in the Kaibab National Forest east of Williams, a mountain town off Interstate 40 that has welcomed sojourners since its namesake, fur trapper "Old Bill" Williams, explored the locale in the early to mid-1800s.


The pristine rock art in Keyhole Sink was a silent reminder of the ancient culture that long flourished in northern Arizona, and it stood unaltered for at least 1,000 years. That all changed in August, when someone painted "ACE" on top of the petroglyphs in sloppy, dripping letters. Under the defacement is an indistinguishable glop of paint that could be more lettering.


http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2010/10/03/20101003arizona-petroglyph-vandalism.html

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