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Ancient pictographs defaced with paintballs


Vandals in British Columbia have damaged an ancient pictograph by shooting paint balls at it.

While police investigate, provincial archaeologist Al Mackie is trying to decide what to do next. He says if the paint splatter is water soluble they’ll just leave it and let rain wash away the vandal’s handiwork.

“If it’s the kind of material that really adheres to rock, then to remove it becomes a pretty complicated process. You need a trained museum person who knows what kind of chemicals to apply.”

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Story: CBC News | Photo: Alistair Fraser

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