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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution after damaging an archaeological site in Challis.

U.S. Attorney Bart Davis announced Tuesday in a prepared statement that 38-year-old Alan Thorkelson of Challis pleaded guilty last month to digging at a Shoshone-Bannock tribal cultural site without authorization.

The Devil Canyon Archaeological Site was being monitored because of previous issues with graffiti; court records say Thorkelson was caught digging at the site in October of 2017.

U.S. District Judge David Nye ordered Thorkelson to pay the restitution during a sentencing hearing late last month.

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Mary D’Aversa with the Bureau of Land Management says looting archaeological sites like the one in Challis is especially harmful because they are significant to tribal communities.

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