Some four to 10 prints appear to have been hacked out of the rock.I certainly hope so. And I certainly hope that very hefty fines and possibly jail terms will be levied against those involved. As for the people in the organization that was supposed to be watching the site, I hope they are out of a job.
And graffiti has been sprayed over much of the remainder.
It’s an attack with devastating implications for the science of understanding humanity’s past.
“We are fortunate that many of the best tracks remain — the people who did it clearly didn’t know what they were looking for,” Professor Bennett writes. “Our guess is that they were simply intending to sell them.”
The site had been recognised under Greek heritage laws, and local authorities were supposed to be watching it.
Greek media reports a 55-year-old man has been arrested in western Crete and that many of the prints may have been recovered.
Time will have to tell how much damage was actually done but this is nothing less than a travesty. Because truly stupid people are never in short supply, many of the Neandertal sites in Europe were also looted before they could be fully excavated. This should be embarrassing to the Greek government.