Norwegian youths ruin 5,000 year old rock carving
A 5000-year-old rock carving in Norway which depicts a figure on skis has been "damaged forever" by youths who claim they were trying to improve it.
|The 5,000-year-old carving (L) and what remains after being scratched over (R) |
[Credit: NORDLAND FYLKESKOMMUNE]
Both youths now risk criminal charges under Norway's Cultural Heritage Act, according to archaeologist Tor-Kristian Storvik, who was the first to survey the damage.
Mr Storvik, the archeologist for Norway's Nordland county, said that he was pleased that the boys had come forward and confessed, but was not ready to retract the crime report sent to the police.
"This is a quite serious violation," he said.
He rushed to the site to survey the damage on Tuesday after someone reported that a sharp object had been used to deface the carvings.
"It's a sad, sad story," he said. "The new lines are both in and outside where the old marks were. We'll never again be able to experience these carvings the way we have for the past 5000 years."
The carving, on the west-coast island of Tro, is one of the country's most famous sites, providing some of the earliest evidence of skiing in the world.
It inspired the symbol used for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
"We have talked to the perpetrators and their families and they want to apologise for what they have done," Bard Anders Lango, the mayor, said.
"It was done out of good intentions. They were trying to make it more visible actually, and I don't think they understood how serious it was."
Author: Richard Orange | Source: The Telegraph [July August 01, 2016]