From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Authorities in southern Illinois are asking for the public’s help in finding the people who are damaging and may be looting some prehistoric Native American burial mounds.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says someone last month dug several small holes in a portion of Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site. That’s a 1,000-year-old site in rural Massac and Pope counties.
The agency says the culprits likely were searching for items Native Americans buried with their dead. But it’s unclear if any artifacts or human remains were taken.
The agency says someone recently also drove an all-terrain vehicle or truck on one of the mounds, where ATVs are prohibited.
Anyone with information about the damage is being asked to call the Massac County Sheriff’s Department or the historic preservation agency.
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