Calif. archaeological site defaced with paint

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BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who spray-painted an archaeological site in the desert near California’s border with Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management says someone used blue paint to deface Native American petroglyphs at the site in Riverside County.

Some of the more identifiable spray paint images include a horse or unicorn head, several smiley faces, and what appears to be a marijuana leaf. Several words and numbers were also scrawled on the rock surfaces.

Scientists at the site are studying designs and figures that were pecked or scratched into rock surfaces by prehistoric people.

The cost to the government to restore the site is expected to be several thousand dollars.

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