Ancient rock art at Texas’ Big Bend National Park was “irreparably damaged” last month, according to officials. Dating back nearly 8,500 years, a set of rocks that archeologists ascribe to the ‘Pecked Abstract Tradition, were vandalized with the names ‘Ariel, Isaac and Norma,’ along with the date, ‘12-26-21.’
The vandals have not come forward, prompting state officials to seek the help of the public to gain more information. “Damaging natural features and rock art destroys the very beauty and history that the American people want to protect in our parks,” said Big Bend National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. “With each instance of vandalism, part of our Nation’s heritage is lost forever.”
To Krumenaker’s point, damaging park resources is a federal crime, including rock art and ancient cultural sites, which are protected under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. Park managers note of the rise in vandalism across the park, with nearly 50 incidents arising since 2015. Anyone with information regarding these incidents are encouraged to contact Big Bend National Park Communication Center at 432-477-1187.
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