Saturday, June 25, 2016
It is hard to imagine what some of the petroglyphs in the Nine Mile Canyon in central Utah were supposed to represent. This was one of the more interesting examples. Unfortunately, this is also an example of the damage that is being done by thoughtless visitors. You can see some markings on the rock that are obviously newly added. the one dot to the extreme right is evidence of a bullet. We saw several sites that had been shot at multiple times. It is likely that the two marks near the head of this unusual petroglyph are also bullet marks. I think it is interesting that you can get five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for copying a video CD, but the penalties for defacing irreplaceable native art are hardly enforced and usually treated as misdemeanors.