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Two people filmed committing suspected archaeological theft at historic 1800s cowboy camp in Utah National Park.

Nature: Canyonlands National Park

Nature: Canyonlands National Park


National park rangers are asking for help identifying at least two people who were filmed apparently committing “archaeological theft” in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Surveillance cameras captured the March 23 incident at the park’s historic cowboy camp.

Photos of the alleged theft show two individuals – a bearded man wearing a red sweatshirt, red baseball cap and sunglasses and a blonde woman wearing patterned shorts, a light sweatshirt, a hat and glasses of sunlight – entering an area that the National Park Service has declared. was “signed closed”. One of the photos released shows the man holding up an object at the closed site, located in the Needles area of ​​the park in Moab, Utah.

A man and woman were caught on camera entering a closed area in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and touching historical artifacts.

National Park Service

“In a video recorded at the archaeological site, the individuals entered an area marked closed, removed items from a cabinet, and manipulated historic harnesses in a manner that threatened damage to them,” the NPS said . “The information provided by visitors is very useful to investigators.”

The alleged incident took place around 5:30 p.m. at Cave Spring Cowboy Camp, a historic site believed to have been used by ranchers from the late 1800s until 1975, when the park service said cattle ranching ended in the park. It is believed that cowboys established this particular camp because of its reliable water source.

“Many original items left by the cowboys remain,” a camp website states. “Please do not enter the camp, touch or remove any items.”

Canyonlands is Utah’s largest national park, according to the NPS, and includes three districts: Island in the Sky, The Maze and The Needles, where the incident took place.


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