The petroglyphs in Track Rock Gap in the Chattahoochee National Forest were carved by people from Creek and Cherokee over 1,000 years ago, according to the Forest Service.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are saddened and frustrated to learn that Track Rock has been destroyed. These are special and rare sites, “the Tribal Heritage Preservation Office said in a statement.” They are special sites for the Cherokee Eastern Band and for all people as part of the heritage of this region. Whether through ignorance or malice, the result is irreparable damage to a unique site that connects us directly with people of the past. “
The petroglyphs were protected by the Archaeological Resource Protection Act, according to the US Forest Services. They have been called “an irreplaceable part of the national heritage”.
The forest service did not say whether or how they should be restored, but encouraged future visitors not to touch the designs and to be reckless when visiting archaeological sites.
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