The Birthing Scene panel, also known as Birthing Rock, is a 2,000 year-old petroglyph not far from Moab, Utah. It’s a well-known panel, popular with tourists. Climbers know it well. The panel is old enough to include art from the Anasazi, Fremont, and Ute cultures. It’s a priceless piece of cultural history.
At some point in the past week or so, it was irreversibly vandalized.
This is what it looked like until the vandalism and after (Below photo is sorta NSFW):
This absolutely disgusting and irreversible attack on a petroglyph panel in the Moab area demonstrates that White supremacy is alive and well. Yes, you read that right. It says "White power." pic.twitter.com/Skqb7M3zso
— Kelsey E. Hanson, M.S. (@kelseyehanson) April 27, 2021
Most photos circulating are showing the most offensive images, but it appears the vandals also targeted three other panels with scratches.
The BLM is offering $10k for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.
Sadly, the Utah Division of History was in the process of printing posters featuring Birthing Rock imploring people not to deface petroglyphs or any cultural artifacts when the vandalism occurred.
If you have information regarding the incident, call BLM Law Enforcement at 435-259-2131 or 800-722-3998.
Birthing Rock, a prominent rock imagery site, was recently vandalized. The BLM strongly condemns #vandalism of cultural resources & is working w/professional conservators to remove the offensive graffiti. To prevent further damage, do not attempt to clean or remove the graffiti. pic.twitter.com/U5imJ42yNc
— Bureau of Land Management Utah (@BLMUtah) April 28, 2021
Top photo: Mark Byzewski/Flickr