Topic ID #24836 - posted 11/19/2012 2:51 PM

Theft of sacred rock drawings stuns California tribe, federal officials



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Theft of sacred rock drawings stuns California tribe, federal officials
By Kari Huus, NBC News

Thieves apparently armed with power saws, ladders, generators and other heavy equipment gouged out ancient petroglyphs etched into the volcanic stone landscape in eastern California, removing six and damaging dozens of the carvings, which are sacred to the Paiute tribe, according to a tribal member and government archaeologist.

"This is by far the worst example of vandalism in my career in my field office," said Greg Haverstock, archaeologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Bishop, Calif., about 150 miles due east of San Jose. "I think it’s akin to someone going and cutting pieces out of the Wailing Wall."


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