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Vandals damage Cornville archaeological site

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Two freshly-dug holes were found, along with a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket. (Source: YCSO) Two freshly-dug holes were found, along with a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket. (Source: YCSO)
CORNVILLE, AZ (CBS5) -

Yavapai County authorities are looking for leads into a case of vandalism at a Native American archaeological site in Cornville.

A state parks site steward alerted sheriff's deputies to the incident on Nov. 20. The archaeological site is located near the intersection of Sugarloaf Road and Loy Road in Cornville and owned by a conservancy. The land surrounding the site is fenced and gated and marked with a "No Trespassing" sign.

The steward found at least two fresh holes along with a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket nearby, YCSO said. There was also damage to two archaeological pottery pots.

The steward was not sure if anything had been removed, but the empty holes indicated a likely theft of historical items, sheriff's investigators said. Authorities believe the damage happened between Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. 

There are some area residents who watch over the site, but so far no one has reported any unusual activity. 

Anyone who has information regarding persons trespassing on the site should contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 and refer to case number 12-038430.

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