Vandal defaces prehistoric rock art site

Vandal Defaces Prehistoric Rock Art Site

A prehistoric and valuable rock in Utah was vandalized last month, and authorities might know who's responsible.

On May 25th, someone etched the initials "JMN" and the date next to the prehistoric image known as the "Pregnant Buffalo" on a rock in Nine Mile Canyon.

The canyon is known as the world's longest art gallery and is home to about 10,000 images dating back to 900 and 1250 AD - including the buffalo.

A local property owner says he was visiting the rock when he saw two people hurrying away from it and then found the markings. Hours later, a teenager reportedly confessed to the crime.

According to Deseret News, the last time anything was carved into the site was in 1867.

The Bureau of Land Management is still investigating the case while archaeologists review the extent of the damage.

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