TADRART ACACUS, Libya— Vandals have destroyed prehistoric rock art in lawless southern Libya, endangering a sprawling tableau of paintings and carvings classified by UNESCO as of “outstanding universal value.”
Located along Libya’s southwestern tip bordering Algeria, the Tadrart Acacus mountain massif is famous for thousands of cave paintings and carvings going back up to 14,000 years.
The art, painted or carved on rocks sandwiched by spectacular sand dunes, showcase the changing flora and fauna of the Sahara stretching over thousands of years.
Highlights include a huge elephant carved on a rock face as well as giraffes, cows and ostriches rendered in caves dating back to an era when the region was not inhospitable desert. Read more.
For the second time in two years gardai are investigating vandalism to the Lia Fail, the 5 thousand year old standing stone on the top of the Hill of Tara, which is a national monument.
It was the inauguration Stone for the Kings of Tara and was meant to “roar” when touched by the rightful king.
The destruction was spotted by OPW staff this morning.
Overnight somebody poured green and red paint all over the top of the stone and it is now nearly completely covered in it.
In June 2012 the stone was damaged when hacked off pieces of it with an axe. Read more.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah archaeologists are incensed and a federal agency is pursuing a criminal case involving the brazen, daylight defacement of one of the state’s most prominent rock art panels.
Someone etched their initials and the date next to the prehistoric image known as the “Pregnant Buffalo” on a rock panel in Nine Mile Canyon just minutes after it had been inspected by archaeologist Jerry D. Spangler.
“Each act of vandalism is a selfish disregard of the aesthetic, spiritual and scientific values that constitute our collective past,” said Spangler, executive director of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance. Read more.
Rock art in Western Australia’s Pilbara region believed to be up to 60,000 years old has been attacked by vandals.
Tourist guide and Ngarluma man Clinton Walker said he had discovered a defaced piece of rock art on the Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park.
"Someone has actually etched into a rock right above where some of the rock art is and wrote: ‘go and work for a living’," he said.
The Burrup Peninsula is home to the world’s biggest collection of Aboriginal rock art and gained national heritage listing in 2007.
Greens MP Robin Chapple said he was shocked and disappointed to learn of the fresh vandalism reports. Read more.
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.