An investigation is under way into vandalism at Native American burial grounds at Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site, near the Ohio River east of Brookport. Dave Blanchette, spokesman with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, says several small holes were discovered in one of the burial mounds, likely made by humans who were looking for grave goods – artifacts that were buried with the dead.
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“Sometime in the last couple of weeks someone tried to steal some grave goods from Kincaid Mounds,” Blanchette said. He says someone also drove a truck or ATV on the mounds. “We’re not certain what if anything might have been taken but the damage has been repaired,” Blanchette said. The agency is working with the Massac County Sheriff’s Department in trying to apprehend whomever is responsible. Blanchette says similar incidents have happened before. “This kind of thing does happen and it happened in 2008 on Kincaid Mounds and it does happen occasionally at burial mounds across the state in Illinois, but there are laws in place that make it illegal,” Blanchette said.
Kincaid Mounds is about 1,000 years old and consists of nine mounds including burial mounds. Criminal charges related to the matter could range from misdemeanor to felony, with a $100,000 fine and three years in jail. Anyone with information is asked to call the Massac County Sheriff’s Department at 618-524-2912.