Message #73
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Subject: New TX Petroglyph Anti-Graffiti Law
Date: Wed, 25 Feb

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :
cross posted....
From: Anne Vawser
To: 98-76 - Amistad NRA (TX)
Rock Art Vandalism Conviction Two juvenile females were
recently convicted in state court for damaging a rock art
site in the park with graffiti written in charcoal last
August 23rd. The rock art dates from 5,000 to 7,000 years
ago; although the culture is not known, the technique is
significant enough to warrant its own style name - Pecos
rock art.  Part of the site was also in Seminole Canyon
State Park. The estimated cost for repair of the damage
was placed at $3,000.  Under a new Texas law, graffiti
that causes damage in excess of $1,500 is a felony. The
mother of the juveniles was ordered to pay $2,400 in
restitution to cover the actual cost of professional
mitigation of the damage.  The girls were also ordered to
perform 240 hours of community service, placed on eight-
months' probation, and barred from the park during the
period of their probation.  This is the first local case in
which vandalism was prosecuted as a felony under the new law.
[Rod Danner, CR, AMIS, 2/18 and 2/23]

SASIG Ed Note - SWA Links to Pecos Rock Art :
Amistad National Recreation Area
Guide to the Parks -- Amistad NRA, Del Rio TX
Save The Parks
Lower Pecos River Rock Art
Lower Pecos Rock Art Research (Peyote, Jimson Weed, and Ethnographic Interpretation)
White Shaman
Rock Art Foundation (Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas)