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'Beam of Light' Leads Couple to Centuries-Old Art

It led them to petroglyphs on Oahu's Leeward coast

(Newser) - Countless tourists have watched beautiful Hawaiian sunsets—but not many have made important archeological finds in the process. Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere, visitors from Texas, discovered petroglyphs believed to be at least 400 years old during a stroll along Oahu's Leeward coast last month, Hawaii News Now reports.... More »

Boys Had Good Intentions, Ruin 5K-Year-Old Rock Art

It's 'a national tragedy' in Norway

(Newser) - A 5,000-year-old rock carving of a figure on skis is among the most recognized symbols of Norway. Two kids, however, thought it could use some improving. In what's been described as "a national tragedy," the Norwegian boys are accused of using a sharp tool to retrace... More »

North America's Oldest Rock Art Is Located Here

Scientists date petroglyphs at Winnemucca Lake

(Newser) - The oldest rock art in North America exists on limestone boulders at Nevada's now-dry Winnemucca Lake, a new analysis suggests. The petroglyphs, which include carvings of trees, leaves, and abstract designs, are likely between 10,500 and 14,800 years old, LiveScience reports. Scientists found the age by determining... More »

Vandals Cut Ancient Art From California Cliffs

Petroglyphs hacked from Volcanic Tableland

(Newser) - Thieves hacked at least four large petroglyphs from cliffs near Bishop, California, that had been there for more than 3,500 years, reports the Los Angeles Times . Two others were damaged and left behind. The etchings of animals and symbols in a region known as Volcanic Tableland are sacred to... More »

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