US News in Georgia, vandals degraded Native American petroglyphs of more than 1000 years

14:35  12 april  2021
14:35  12 april  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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of the petroglyphs made by Native Americans more than 1,000 years ago were found vandalized on a protected site in Georgia in the United States. The authorities started an investigation to find officials.

It is a precious historical heritage that has just been vandalized in the United States. In Georgia, the authorities announced that they discovered degradations on figures in the rock more than 1,000 years ago on the Track Rock Gap site located in the National Forest of Chattahoochee-Oconee at some 200 kilometers from Atlanta.

With more than 100 petroglyphs, the place is considered one of the largest parietal art sites in the southeastern United States. Works represent various objects and figures that some have a time attributed to the Civilization Maya . We know today that they were carried out by the ancestors of Cherokee and Muscoee Creek peoples.

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The Track Rock Gap site is also considered sacred for these two Native American peoples but it is open to the public. This is how the degradations have been highlighted. In a post Facebook, the US Forest Service has published photos showing scratches and paintings made on several rocks.

Five balancing rocks and two painted

"We regret to report an act of vandalism on a protected historic site in the National Forest of Chattahoochee-Oconee. When looters and vandals destroy historical and archaeological sites, part of the 'Heritage of the nation is lost forever, "explained the service taken by The Charlotte Observer .

According to the authorities interviewed by McClatchy News, five rocks were balancing and two painted with bright colors. We do not know for the moment when this act of vandalism occurred but it could rise to several months or even at 2020, the Forest of Chattahoochee-Oconee extending over more than 350 hectares.

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  En Géorgie, des vandales ont dégradé des pétroglyphes amérindiens de plus de 1000 ans © Provided by GEO The vandals painted figures with red paint on one of the rocks with petroglyphs. © U.S. Forest Service

A survey started and the Facebook publication was withdrawn. But Cherokee Tribal Heritage Preservation Office condemned this destruction. "The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is sad and frustrated to learn that Track Rock has been vandalized," explains a statement quoted by The Charlotte Observer.

"These are special sites for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and for everyone [because] they are part of the legacy of this region. Whether ignorance or maliciousness, the result is An irreparable damage to a unique site that connects us directly to the people of the past, "he continues.

Federal Crime

This is not the first time that vandals attack such works. In 2016, a petroglyph of more than 1,000 years had already been gradient with paint in Cullowhee in North Carolina. The authorities made the decision to cover it with an acrylic panel to protect it from future damage.

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"This demonstrates the need for more education," explained to the New York Times Richard Sneed, principal leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. "When you talk about historical sites and culturally sensitive sites, it's really the most offensive thing".

Other cases of similar degradation have been reported to other places across the United States. When the works or natural sites are found on areas managed by the US Forest Service, any act of vandalism, however, is a federal crime that can be punished with a prison sentence and a heavy fine.

In 2016, the American actress Vanessa Hudgens was sentenced to a fine of $ 1,000 (about 840 euros) for drawing a heart, his first name and that of his boyfriend in a rocky wall in the National Forest. Cocoonino next to Sedona in Arizona.

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