Rock art thousands of years old was defaced this summer on the Keewenaw Penninsula of upper Michigan. High up cliffs over present Lake Superior, the ancient shoreline of Lake Aggassi was visited by prehistoric peoples searching for float copper after the glaciers receded. They marked stone outcrops on this beach with glyphs, forms hammered into the stone.
One site has become popular recently from publicity by diffussionist archaeologists and attracted the public’s attention. This site, which originally sat beside an unmaintained track used by skiimobilers, now has a clear road in and local shops offer directions. At some time in the last year vandals have defaced one picture area and contemplated the same on other lithic art there.
Robert Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org, seeing the need for local conservation and stewardship of these unique sites, formed the Copper Country Ancient Sites Conservancy to identify and protect these cultural resources from damage. They have taken action to cover one petroglyph whoes interpretation is in debate and are assessing other sites for vulnerability. These signs of ancient man are a treasure passed down to us. If not protected, they will be gone before we know where they are or what they mean.