Native American carving at Kanopolis Lake vandalized

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MARQUETTE, Kan. (KWCH) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is searching for two people responsible for defacing an ancient Native American carving at Kanopolis Lake.

The vandals wrote their names over a bison, causing irreversible damage to the petroglyphs.

"It is very sad someone would think to destroy something so important and valued by so many,” said Tim Meade, archaeologist for the Corps of Engineers. “Petroglyphs are considered to have important spiritual meaning to Native Americans representing the works of their ancient ancestors. These have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Kanopolis Lake over the years.”

Petroglyphs are images and designs made by engraving, carving or scratching away the dark layer of rock varnish on the surface to reveal the lighter rock underneath.

At Kanopolis Lake, these petroglyphs are believed to be over 150 years old and created by Native Americans.

The Corps is seeking any information concerning the defacement of the carving.

Violators may be prosecuted under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations and the Archaeological Resources Protections Act of 1979.

Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake at 785-546-2294 with any information.