Breaking News US/Australia ll Two tourists are caught defacing 1,300-year-old Mayan temple

Two tourists have been caught carving their initials into the wall of a 1,300-year-old Mayan temple in Guatemala The tourists were caught carving 'A + T' onto the wall of the Tikal Temple II pyramid in the ancient city of Tikal, one of the largest archaeological Mayan sites in Mesoamerica Located near the present-day city of Flores in the northern Guatemalan department of Peten, Tikal was founded in 732 AD Share this article Share Tikal Temple II is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site The tourists were spotted carving into the ancient stone by Vinicio Alba Ruiz who said they became upset when he told them off Their names and origin are unclearAlba 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 If you come to this site you have to respect the rules

They do not need further explanation, it is common sense 'Albar Ruiz added: 'We need to recruit more staff to look after our heritage 'The Guatemalan Tourism Industry (INGUAT) complained about the incident in a public statement and demanded that the Public Ministry of Culture and Sport, which manages the world heritage monument, holds the tourists accountable for the damage The Guatemalan Law for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage allows for fines of between £10,040 and £100,415 for causing damage to ancient sites, as well as prison sentences of between six and nine years, according to reports It's unclear whether the incident is being investigated 

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