8/31/2010 2:23:00 PM
Williams-Grand Canyon News
WILLIAMS – A hiker reported Aug. 26 that vandals defaced the main rock art panel at Keyhole Sink on the Kaibab National Forest. Keyhole Sink is a popular interpretive site open to the public and visited by many.
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.”
Individuals with information regarding this incident can contact Martie Schramm, Williams District Ranger, at (928) 635-5630.