By Jamie Rivera Published 08/02/2016 06:41:00 | Views: 3312
This symbol scratched over by the youth (Picture: Nordland County)

One of Norway’s most famous relics has been defaced by a youth who wanted to ‘improve’ it for visitors.

A stone-age carving that depicts a figure on skis has remained untouched on the island of Tro for the last 5,000 years, reports The Local.

But the famous symbol, which inspired the emblem used for the 1994 Winter Olympics, was completely destroyed by a youth who scratched over it with a sharp instrument.

The mayor of nearby Alstahaug has called the incident ‘a national tragedy’ after losing one of the earliest evidence of skiing by stone age men.

Norway youth 'improves' 5,000-year-old skier carving

How the drawing originally looked (Picture: Nordland County)

Norway youth 'improves' 5,000-year-old skier carving

The logo for the Lillehammer Olympics (Picture: Nordland Council)

Bård Anders Langø told The Local: ‘It is one of the most internationally known symbols of Norway.

‘They are going back in September to do a bigger study, but what they can say now is that it’s probably damaged forever, and we may not ever be able to see the pictogram of the skier as it was originally made 5,000 years ago.’

The youth, who is unnamed to protect them from abuse, had also vandalised other rock carvings at the site.

‘They were trying to make it more visible actually, and I don’t think they understood how serious it was. I think now they understand,’ he added.

By Jamie Rivera 08/02/2016 06:41:00

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