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Vandalism of Spry Petroglyphs

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rick t, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. rick t

    rick t

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    Since I did Spry with a group on June 23 I received this email from the park, asking if I had seen anything or anyone unusal on that day. I did not, but thought it was appropriate to pass this along to the entire community to let them know what had happened, and to make everyone aware and alert to this kind of despicable character and activity. That panel is obscure enough, high enough, and far enough in to indicate that the perpetrators might very well have been canyoneers, as opposed to just the normal inebriated redneck drive by opportunists, which makes this crime even more repugnant.


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    Hi there,


    This is Park Ranger Matt McCarthy with Zion National Park.


    You are being contacted because you were in the Zion permit system for doing the canyoneering route called Spry Canyon in late May/early June.


    Unfortunately, this is not good news. Sometime late May/early June somebody ruined a petroglyph panel that is located at the top of Spry Canyon. We are, currently, trying to find any leads to find out who could be responsible for this. See attached photos.


    We are trying to find who is responsible so we can at least educate them on the importance of these panels to our American culture. Petroglyphs and Pictographs are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced.


    Introduction of graffiti destroys the petroglyphs & pictographs and is disrespectful to contemporary Native Americans and their ancestors as well as ruining it for the next person to enjoy.


    Rock art in the vicinity of Zion National Park was once assumed to date to Anasazi times about 1000 years ago. However, people have lived in the area for as many as 7000 years. The Archaic people preceded the Ancestral Puebloan peoples formerly known as the Virgin Anasazi. The ancestors of the modern Southern Paiute occupied this area as well. Non-disruptive dating techniques are now being developed that may answer such questions as the age of rock art.


    To even try and understand a petroglyph or pictograph it needs to be viewed in relation to its environment: including the adjacent image(s), the entire escarpment, and the surrounding landscape.


    If anyone has any information even to the dates they were there and when they saw this, please let us know. If you saw this petroglyph and did not see the graffiti, please let us know that too. See attached photos.


    If you have any information regarding this graffiti, please contact me anytime at 435-619-1684 or at matthew_mccarthy@nps.gov.


    Thanks for your time.


    Matt McCarthy

    Park Ranger
    Zion National Park
    Email: matthew_mccarthy@nps.gov
    Ph: 435-619-1684
  2. rick t

    rick t

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    I sent ranger matt an email asking if we could post this, since it wasn't, when I went out the door at 515. Getting a positive response from him I posted it upon my return at 800 pm, without noticing hank had posted it in the interim. Sorry about the double post.
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    Disgraceful. It's happening all over all the time.


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    Also your photo links aren't working for me but I saw them on Bogley. It's a runic inscription that reads, "Hail Odinn" So if you know any Norse mythology geeks or Swedish Metal heads with a decent knowledge of Runic, who also canyoneer, that could narrow it down. I fall into that category but would never vandalize, nor have I been to spry.


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