Save Sex Pistols Graffiti, Archeologists Plead Johnny Rotten cartoons 'can be compared to cave paintings' By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Nov 22, 2011 12:43 AM CST 3 comments Comments John Lydon of the Sex Pistols performs at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2008. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Graffiti scrawled on the walls of a London flat by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten in the '70s is worth preserving and can be compared to ancient cave paintings, top archaeologists are arguing. Researchers who studied the graffiti in an apartment once occupied by the punk pioneers call the scribbling designs "a direct and powerful representation of a radical and dramatic movement of rebellion," the Telegraph reports. "The fact that the graffiti could be considered rude, offensive and uncomfortable merely enhances their status and significance. That, after all, is what punk was all about," the researchers wrote in a study published in the journal Antiquity.