Monday, November 26, 2012

Reward Offered for Information on Stolen Petroglyphs

A damaged Paiute Indian petroglyph located at a major rock art site on the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop, California is shown in this handout image released to Reuters November 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Reward Offered for Information on Stolen Petroglyphs
Archeologists offered a US$1,000 (S$1,225) reward on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of vandals who stole four priceless ancient rock carvings, and damaged others in the California desert. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) called the carvings – sliced out of the rock face with cement-cutting circular saws – an “irreplaceable part of our national cultural heritage.”  

Learn more about Rock Art from the Archaeology Channel
One of the greatest places to see rock art is Nevada, which has lots of rock faces, a dry climate that preserves it, and limited vegetation to cover it up.  The Nevada Rock Art Foundation is busy recording what's there and finding ways to preserve it. Lots of archaeology goes on in Illinois all the time, outside the attention of most people. In this segment, the Illinois Archaeological Survey describes how they do that work.  Visit some excavation sites and drop in on the lab where the archaeologists organize, catalog and interpret what they find. You can see these stories in the November 2012 edition of this monthly half-hour show, available now on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site,  The Archaeology Channel ( as well as on cable TV in cities across the US.

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