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One of Churchill County’s most prized attractions was recently struck by vandals, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

The suspects littered Hidden Cave with graffiti and the information kiosk was riddled with bullets, according to the BLM’s press release. Graffiti was also observed on several rocks on the trail leading to the cave.

As a result, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalizing the popular spot, east of Fallon. Read more.

In the wake of a new graffiti incident on the famous twelve-angled stone in Cusco, many are wondering how to protect Inca walls from potential defacers.

The spray paint scribble on the famous twelve-angled stone is just the most recent case of damage on the Inca walls of Cusco, which are part of our historical and cultural heritage. And who is causing this damage? It’s not a natural disaster rather, it is us— humans— who are committing these crimes.

Ricardo Ruiz Caro, head of the Disconcentrated Culture Board of Cusco, told El Comercio that since the beginning of 2014, there have been at least four similar incidents in which assailants painted Inca walls with spray paint. In 2013, there were 33 such incidents, which included damages in the historical center of Cusco. Read more.

Yuma, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District Yuma Field Office is investigating the vandalism of an archaeological site north of Blythe, California. The site is rich in Native American petroglyphs and was recently vandalized with blue spray paint. Some of the more identifiable spray paint images include a horse or unicorn head, several smiley faces, and what appears to be a marijuana leaf. “Sosa,” “B+C,” and the number “625” were also spray painted at the site.

Many archaeological remains left by prehistoric peoples are visible at the site, but the most predominant are the petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are designs or figures which have been pecked or scratched into rock surfaces. Other features at the site include sleeping circles, geoglyphs, and rock alignments. Read more.

Six different Israeli ministries invested nearly $2 million to repair damage, much of it irreversible, after unknown vandals in October 2009 assaulted the site, designated by UNESCO (United Nations Science and Culture Organization) as a world’s cultural heritage.

Three other Nabatean cities in the Negev have the same status, and unusual recognition that is credited to the discovery of some of the oldest Byzantine churches.

The vandals managed it pull down columns that stood for centuries, and they left behind damage that “never before has been seen in Israel,” according to the Nature and Parks Authority’s southern district official, Raviv Shapiro.

The staff at Avdat was shocked to discover that stones had been smashed, and graffiti was scrawled on an altar, on one of the oldest wine presses in Israel and on walls over a large area. Read more.

CORNVILLE, AZ (CBS5) - Yavapai County authorities are looking for leads into a case of vandalism at a Native American archaeological site in Cornville.

A state parks site steward alerted sheriff’s deputies to the incident on Nov. 20. The archaeological site is located near the intersection of Sugarloaf Road and Loy Road in Cornville and owned by a conservancy. The land surrounding the site is fenced and gated and marked with a “No Trespassing” sign.

The steward found at least two fresh holes along with a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket nearby, YCSO said. There was also damage to two archaeological pottery pots. Read more.

WORK is underway to return boulders stolen from historical sites in A’ali by saboteurs to set up roadblocks during clashes with police.

Masked youths had cut the barbed wire fence surrounding the village’s burial mounds earlier this month, took the boulders and used them to block roads.

Some of the historical boulders have also been broken into smaller pieces when they were removed from the streets by cleaning companies, the GDN earlier reported.

The Culture Ministry has started the process to return them to their original location before the sites get re-fenced to ensure no further trespassing takes place.

However, officials are worried the sites would be desecrated again as it would be easy for the youths to remove the fence.

They are urging community leaders to take a stand against acts of vandalism to ensure that Bahrain’s most valuable historic site are protected. Read more.

SANTA CLARA — The Bureau of Land Management is responding to vandalism at rock art sites located on public lands, including the archaeological and historic site of Land Hill.

Land Hill is part of the Santa Clara River Reserve – a 6,500-acre area of public land collaboratively managed by BLM and the cities of Ivins and Santa Clara, in part to protect the many prehistoric sites found there, including a high concentration of rock art sites that are preserved on those lands.

The BLM’s St. George Field Office has increased its monitoring efforts, is educating the public about these fragile cultural resource sites, and is pointing out the legal consequences of vandalism activities.

The many petroglyph panels of the Land Hill site reflect the stories and beliefs of the Native Americans who inhabited the area along the Santa Clara River as long as 5,000 years ago. Read more.

LAHORE: Sergeant Barry of the Indian British Army etched his name, regiment number and birth place on a white marble pillar at Emperor Akbar’s Diwan-i-Khaas at the Lahore Fort in 1886. It is one of the oldest surviving examples of vandalism at the city’s iconic monument.

There are several other carvings by soldiers of their names and regiments in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, likely made as they convalesced from their wounds at the makeshift hospital the British had turned the Fort into at the time. But it is modern-day vandalism that most vexes the current custodians of the Fort, the Archaeology Department.

“We catch three or four visitors scribbling daily,” said Afzal Khan, the deputy director of the Archaeology Department. They often write their name and the date, or a girl’s name and her cell phone number (they’re usually incorrect), he said.

Though there are laws mandating prison terms and fines for scribbling on historical monuments, they remain unused. Instead, the department has decided that increasing restrictions on public access is the best way to protect the buildings. Read more.