- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are investigating a vandalism case at an ancient rock shelter in eastern Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon.

Officials said Tuesday that two wire cables were found buried in the floor of the shelter and delicate archaeological materials were moved to create new walls.

Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance director Jerry Spangler says the vandalism likely caused permanent damage to the structure thought to be hundreds of years old. Members of his group discovered the damage in March.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1CxRGaj) that anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Bureau of Land Management Price field office at 435-636-3600.

Nine Mile Canyon is known for rock art panels believed to date back to the Fremont period between 900 and 1250.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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