A prehistoric site in Illinois has been the target of recent looting and vandalism, said officials with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Massac County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities are seeking information about who dug up one of the Kincaid Mounds and damaged the ground with what appear to have been an all-terrain vehicle or truck.
The site is home to several Native American burial mounds in rural Massac and Pope counties.
Several small holes have been found dug in one of the mounds by someone, officials believe, who was searching for artifacts. They don’t know whether anything was actually taken from the mound.
“The criminal disturbance of these human burials...is unconscionable,” IPHA Director Amy Martin said. “We hope to apprehend those who are responsible, which will serve as a deterrent to others who may be considering the desecration of our state’s heritage.”
Tampering with state-protected historical sites is punishable with jail time and up to $25,000 in fines. Kincaid Mounds is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.