Ancient petroglyphs defaced

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A vandal defaced a remote rock wall containing ancient petroglyphs in Arizona which had stood unaltered for at least 1,000 years, a local archaeologist said.

The preserved cultural record in Keyhole Sink in northern Arizona's Kaibab National Forest contained etchings depicting people, animals and a blazing sun -- an archaeological treasure which was defaced when someone painted "ACE" on top of the glyphs in sloppy, dripping lettering, The Arizona Republic reported Sunday.

"It's beyond words," Kaibab archaeologist Neil Weintraub said of the damage. "It feels like an attack on this site. What has it done except give people pleasure for years?"...

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