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 


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.