BLM Searches for Artifact Vandals

BLM Searches for Artifact Vandals

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Vandals have defaced one of the oldest American Indian petroglyphs in San Juan County, and now the B-L-M is offering a reward for information.

The vandalism was done sometime between December and the beginning of February, when a B-L-M ranger found a damaged rock-art panel along the San Juan River.

A stone had been used to scratch stick figures and other designs next to and on top of the petroglyphs. The site is a quarter of a mile upstream from the Sand Island Campground.

The petroglyphs date back from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A-D. and are some of the oldest in the area.

Patrick Madigan is manager for BLM's Monticello field office. He says with so many ancient relics in the area, it's impossible to keep an eye on all of them all the time. He's counting on the public to report those who damage or steal artifacts. His agency is offering a 500-dollar reward for information that leads to solving the vandalism case.

The B-L-M can be reached at 1-800-722-3998.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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