Rock art vandalized in Keyhole Sink

Published on September 2nd, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks

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Morons have defaced the ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock at Keyhole Sink in Kaibab National Forest.

Petroglyphs at the site date back at least a thousand years. The site remains open to the public so that people can learn about the history of the area and enjoy the unique setting.

Since the vandalism was reported, the Forest Service has documented the damage and is assessing its monetary value, in accordance with the

Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.

Kaibab National Forest Archaeologist Erin Woodard said the petroglyph vandalism is unfortunate.

“Many of us in the Southwest enjoy the rich historic culture of the area,” Woodard said. “Non-renewable, historic resources, such as petroglyphs and pictographs, can be easily damaged. So, it is important that each visitor to national forests be respectful of the cultural resources in the area and leave them as found for future generations to enjoy.”

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