On December 26th, a panel of ancient petroglyphs in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park was irreparably…
Published by Big Bend National Park Wednesday, January 5, 2022
In early January, employees of the Big Bend National Park in Texas posted on social networks a picture of a stone with an ancient petroglyph, which was almost destroyed by tourists at the end of December. On top of the patterns that were created by the indigenous peoples of America from 4 to 8.5 thousand years ago, unknown vandals scratched their names “Adrian”, “Ariel”, “Isaac” and “Norma” and the date “December 26, 2021”.
According to the park staff, after the discovery of the stone, specialists treated the scratched surface, but it is unlikely that it will be possible to completely restore the ancient petroglyph.
The exact location of the damaged artifact is kept strictly secret to protect it from other vandals and curious tourists. It is reported that since 2015, more than 50 cases of vandalism have been recorded in Big Bend Park, which occupies 3.2 thousand square kilometers.
By the way, damage to park resources is equated to the damage of ancient cultural objects and is considered a federal crime. Vandals who have damaged the petroglyph may face fines of up to several hundred thousand dollars or even imprisonment.
Recall that in early January, vandals in Sicily ruined the natural attraction of Scala dei Turki.
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