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Two tourists are caught damaging the 1,300 year old Mayan temple by cutting their initials into the wall

Two tourists are caught damaging the 1,300 year old Mayan temple by cutting their initials into the wall

  • Vandals were photographed as they scribbled on a temple in the ancient city of Tikal
  • The temple is located near the modern city of Flores in the north of Guatemala
  • UNESCO declared the national park that in 1979 it is on a world heritage site
  • Guatemalan law imposes hefty fines for damaging the country's monuments

Two tourists were caught cutting their initials in the wall of a 1,300-year-old Mayan temple in Guatemala.

The tourists were caught cutting & # 39; A + T & # 39; on the wall of the Tikal Temple II pyramid in the ancient city of Tikal, one of the largest Mayan archaeological sites in Mesoamerica.

Tikal, located near the current city of Flores in the northern Guatemalan department of Peten, was founded in 732 AD.

The figure shows the & # 39; A + T & # 39; the two vandals etched on the Mesoamerican structure near the current city of Flores in Guatemala. Authorities have said they will hold tourists responsible for the damage

The figure shows the & # 39; A + T & # 39; the two vandals etched on the Mesoamerican structure near the current city of Flores in Guatemala. Authorities have said they will hold tourists responsible for the damage

The Tikal II Temple in Guatemala, pictured since 732 AD, is on a site that received the UNESCO World Heritage Title in 1979

The Tikal II Temple in Guatemala, pictured since 732 AD, is on a site that received the UNESCO World Heritage Title in 1979

The Tikal II Temple in Guatemala, pictured since 732 AD, is on a site that received the UNESCO World Heritage Title in 1979

Image shows one of the vandals who carved his initials at the 1,300-year-old Mayan temple in modern Guatemala

Image shows one of the vandals who carved his initials at the 1,300-year-old Mayan temple in modern Guatemala

Image shows one of the vandals who carved his initials at the 1,300-year-old Mayan temple in modern Guatemala

Tikal Temple II is part of the Tikal National Park in Guatemala and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

The tourists were spotted in the old stone by Vinicio Alba Ruiz who said they got upset when he told them. Their names and origins are unclear.

Alba Ruiz wrote on Facebook: & I found them carving on the walls of Temple II. When I asked what they were doing, they got upset and seemed offended. When you visit this site, you must respect the rules. They don't need any further explanation, it's common sense. & # 39;

This image shows the second man who damaged the walls of the ancient Mayan structure in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Cultural Heritage Protection Act provides for fines between £ 10,040 and £ 100,415 for causing damage to old sites, as well as imprisonment for six to nine years

This image shows the second man who damaged the walls of the ancient Mayan structure in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Cultural Heritage Protection Act provides for fines between £ 10,040 and £ 100,415 for causing damage to old sites, as well as imprisonment for six to nine years

This image shows the second man who damaged the walls of the ancient Mayan structure in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Cultural Heritage Protection Act provides for fines between £ 10,040 and £ 100,415 for causing damage to old sites, as well as imprisonment for six to nine years

Albar Ruiz added: & # 39; We need to recruit more staff to care for our heritage. & # 39;

The Guatemalan tourism industry (INGUAT) complained in a public statement about the incident and demanded that the Ministry of Culture and Sport, which manages the World Heritage Monument, hold tourists responsible for the damage.

The Guatemalan Cultural Heritage Protection Law allows fines between £ 10,040 and £ 100,415 for causing damage to old sites, as well as prison sentences of between six and nine years, according to reports.

It is unclear whether the incident is being investigated.

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