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Vandals Dig, Deface Nevada’s Hidden Cave

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nevada Cave Graffiti(Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, LVN)FALLON, NEVADA—Vandals have struck Hidden Cave, an archaeological site that has yielded thousands of artifacts ranging in age from 5,000 to 800 years old. In addition to evidence of illegal digging, the interior and exterior walls of the cave were painted with graffiti, bullet holes were found in the informational kiosk, and the trail leading to the cave was defaced. Damage was inflicted on the interpretation signs, educational displays, and lighting fixtures in the cave. “This is the first instance of modern vandalism to the sensitive archaeological resources within Hidden Cave,” Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Jason Write told the Nevada Appeal. The site has been closed to visitors.