Message #23: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Destruction of AZ Rock Art Date:Sun, 18 Jan 1998 16:29:53 -0700 [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Joan Schneider Regarding www.swanet.org/discussion/98/13.html I saw the message about the rock quarrying and the destruction of important rock art in New Mexico. An almost identical situation is occurring and has occurred at a site on the Gila River in Arizona called Antelope Hill. Somehow, the hill (an important rock art and a "world class" aboriginal milling- implement quarry and production location) got into the hands of the local irrigation district. Most of the rest of the hill is BOR jurisdiction. The irrigation district was mining the rock for riprap for levees, etc. No one could stop them because it was private land. Many rock art panels were destroyed and others dislodged. Because some of the mined riprap was used for federally funded FEMA projects, the COE got involved and a stop-work order was placed. The outcome was a mitigation project at the hill paid for by the irrigation district, but it would not have occurred at all if the rock was not used for the federally funded project. Unfortunately, all of the milling-implement quarrying and production areas on that side of the hill are gone and there has been major destruction of the rock art (although the mitigation called for mining to stop short of the many panels on the crest of the hill). Your communication caught my eye because of the similarity of the situation. Feel free to contact me for further information. I am currently involved in the mitigation project at Antelope Hill.