Stolen Petroglyph returned to nature area
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The petroglyph taken from the Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City has been returned.
Volunteers noticed the stone, believed to have been carved hundreds of years ago by Native Americans, was missing late last week.
Someone saw it Thursday afternoon. The thief had apparently brought it back, and it was placed close to its original location.
After the theft was discovered, the Southern Conservation Trust, which manages the nature area, put out the word to local media and law enforcement agencies, begging for the return of the historic stone. Outraged locals spread the word. As long as it was returned, no questions would be asked.
“This is an indication that our citizens value our community, its heritage, and the quality of life we all enjoy,” said Pam Young, executive director, Southern Conservation Trust. "We extend our thanks to those who returned the petroglyph, to our media who saw the value of sharing the story, and to the Peachtree City staff."
Once it was discovered, Peachtree City staff moved the stone to a secure location. It will remain there "until an appropriate conservation plan is established," Young said. She is working with an archeologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a rock specialist on the conservation plan.
"We hope we can find a way to have it secured, back in its original location, while allowing folks to enjoy it," Young said.
The stone, approximately 20 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches, has a small carving of the sun and its rays.