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Popular Archaeological Site Vandalized

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – On Aug. 26, a hiker reported that vandals had defaced one of the rock art panels at Keyhole Sink on the Kaibab National Forest.  Keyhole Sink is an outdoor interpretive site, accessible via a ¾-mile-long hiking trail, consisting of rock art known as petroglyphs made by Native Americans at least 1,000 years ago.

“This senseless act not only damaged the fragile rock art, it degraded a special place enjoyed by several thousand visitors each year,” said Kaibab archaeologist Neil Weintraub.

The petroglyphs are protected under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.    Since the vandalism was reported, the Forest Service has assessed and documented the damage and initiated an educational campaign to protect this valuable resource.  

Individuals with information regarding this incident can contact Martie Schramm, Williams District Ranger, at (928) 635-5630.