Suspects in Nine Mile Canyon rock art vandalism ID’d

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-28 18:12:23-04

PRICE, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management has identified a juvenile responsible for defaming ancient petroglyphs in Carbon County on Memorial Day weekend.

The BLM Price Field Office law enforcement officers and archaeological staff investigated the damage to the Nine Mile Canyon pregnant buffalo rock art panel. It revealed that two juveniles from the Salt Lake City area had carved their intitials and the date into the rock face near the panel, BLM officials stated.

BLM archaeologists estimated that restoration and repair efforts would cost about $1,500.

A BLM law enforcement officer met with the youths and their family to discuss the seriousness of the incident, officials said.

The family agreed to meet the financial cost needed repair the rock face.

One of the juveniles apologized for his actions.

“I hope people try to think about the consequences and the effect their actions have on history,” the youth stated.