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Effort to Clean Up Vandalized Pictographs Causes More Damage

Effort to Clean Up Vandalized Pictographs Causes More Damage

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An unauthorized attempt to clean up graffiti on a historic rock art site may have ended up causing more damage.

The Bureau of Land Management and Emery County had offered a one-thousand dollar reward for information on the vandals who defaced the Buckhorn Pictograph Panel with charcoal and chalk.

Since then, someone attempted to erase graffiti reading "I love you Wendy."

But authorities say they made more of a mess of the site, damaging some of its natural varnish by scrubbing.

The ancient pictographs themselves were not damaged by the graffiti or the cleanup effort.

On Friday, the B-L-M flew in an archaeologist and art restoration expert, who have finished most of the cleanup.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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