Children inadvertently destroy 5,000-year-old artifact in Norway

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Children in Norway Inadvertently Destroy 5,000-year-old Rock Carving

Norway has long taken great pride in a rock carving said to be one of the world's oldest depictions of a person on skis.

The Stone Age etching, which inspired the logo for the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, was recently defaced, notes New York Daily News.

According to the Washington Post, two children came forward and confessed to doing the damage, but say they were simply trying to improve it.

Over the past 5,000 or so years, the carving had become somewhat faint, so they took it upon themselves to emphasize the etched lines.

Image: NORDLAND COUNTY

Archaeologists have taken a look at the results and say the newly added features are likely irreversible, reports The Local.

A closer examination and more detail assessment will be performed in September.

The youths responsible have apologized, but, despite their good intentions, may face criminal charges.

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