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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:04 AM

Petroglyphs stolen from sacred eastern Sierra site recovered

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/petroglyphs-stolen-from-eastern-sierra-site-recovered-.html

In a Monday Nov. 12, 2012 photo Raymond Andrews, tribal historic preservation officer of the Bishop Paiute Tribe visits the North Bishop area that hosts petroglyphs etched by ancient people into the volcanic cliff faces. AP
Petroglyph panels cut and chiseled off an eastern Sierra rock art site sacred to Native Americans have been recovered by federal investigators, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials announced Thursday.

The suspected thieves have not been identified and the investigation is continuing into one of the worst acts of vandalism ever committed on the 750,000 acres of public land managed by the BLM field office in Bishop.

“Now, the healing can begin,” BLM Field Office Manager Bernadette Lovato said in an interview. “Recovery was a priority for me, and the public outrage intensified the need for them to be returned.”

Lovato declined to disclose details about the discovery, except to say, “We found all five panels by following an anonymous tip sent to us in a letter.”

“The panels are currently being held as evidence,” she said. “After a prosecution, perhaps they may eventually be put on public display somehow, but that will be up to Paiute-Shoshone tribal leaders.”

“I feels real good to have them come back home,” Paiute tribal historic preservation officer Raymond Andrews said in an interview.

Investigators believe the vandals used ladders, chisels, electric generators and power saws to remove the panels from cliffs in an arid high-desert region known as Volcanic Tablelands, about 15 miles north of Bishop. The thieves gouged holes in the rock and sheared off slabs that were up to 15 feet above ground and two feet high and wide.

The desecration was reported to the BLM on Oct. 31 by visitors to the area held sacred by Native Americans whose ancestors carved hundreds of lava boulders and cliffs with spiritual renderings: concentric circles, deer, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep and hunters with bows and arrows.
The site, which is still used by the local Pauite for ceremonies, is protected under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Authorities said the petroglyphs were not worth a great a deal on the illicit market, probably $500 to $1,500 each.

But they are priceless to Native Americans, who regard the massive tableaux as a window into the souls of their ancestors.

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:59 AM

1. Very good news. I read it here on DU first. Thanks! nt

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:49 AM

2. Seems like...

.... nothing is sacred anymore. $500-1,500 each? On the black market maybe, but those stones are priceless! And NOT for sale. Thanks lmsp for posting...

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:44 AM

3. Scumbags!

I hope they catch these assholes and throw the book at them.

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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:59 AM

4. There has to be really bad karma associated with this kind of vandalism.

I visited Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and it is full of amazing petroglyphs, including a record of an ancient super-nova noted by Chinese astronomers at the time. Being at Chaco was a mind-blowing experience.

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