5000 year old Norwegian relic destroyed
A much-loved stone age rock carving made by a skier in northern Norway about 5000 years ago, on the island of Tro off Nordland has been destroyed in an act of youth vandalism, according to the local Mayor who has termed this as a “national tragedy.”
The carving was desecrated by youths who, according to a statement from the Mayor's office are deeply remorseful for their actions. The statement also revealed that a sharp object had been used to scratch along the lines of the faint carving, with the apparent intention of making the it more defined for visitors, The ancient carving is one of Norway’s most famous historical sites and an internationally recognized symbol, according to Langø.
The picture is amongst the earliest evidence of skiing by stone age man and was the inspiration for symbol of the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. Archaeologists believe the damage is irreversible, but will return to the site in September to carry out a more detailed analysis.
The names of those involved in the incident are not being released for fear of backlash.
The Oslo Times International News Nework