Trespassers damage Cornville archeological site

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Authorities found a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket at a Native American archeological site where pottery was damaged. By Jennifer Thomas Authorities found a dirt strainer, digging tools and a bucket at a Native American archeological site where pottery was damaged. By Jennifer Thomas

CORNVILLE, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is investigating reported trespassing and damage at a Native American archeological site in Cornville.

On Nov. 20, deputies responded to the site near the intersection of Sugarloaf and Loy roads, which is owned by a conservancy. The State Parks site steward reported that uknown trespassers damaged some of the dig area.

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

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the steward was not sure if anything had been removed, but the empty holes indicated a likely theft of historical items.

The land surrounding the site is fenced, gated and marked "No Trespassing," although there is an open trail into the site, according to D'Evelyn.

Authorities believe the activity took place between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.

Anyone with information regarding trespassers on this site is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 928-771-3260.