The Palanli Cave in the Adiyaman-Samosat province of Western Armenia, which is known to have survived from the Stone Age and is listed as an archeological site, has been attacked by treasure hunters.

The treasure hunters tore and stole the carved deer, goats and human images from the inner walls of the cave damaged by chemical paints.

Archaeologist Yusuf Nazli said that the iron gates at the two entrances of the cave were broken, and some of the 45 carved petroglyphs on the walls of the damaged cave were left today.

“There are various damages in Palanl cave. These destructions were done by the locals and treasure thieves” he said.