Graffiti spray-painted on a wall surrounding the ancient Howff Cemetery in Dundee has been removed.
The wall, which runs the length of the cemetery on Barrack Street, was tagged by vandals this week.
Dundee Howff Conservation Group chairman Simon Goulding said the wall could be damaged if the paint was not removed in the correct manner.
Now it has been returned to its original state with little trace of the orange paint which had defaced it.
It was feared the “tagging” affected part of the wall that was more than 400 years old but it has been confirmed the area spray-painted was installed in the early 1800s after strengthening work.
Mr Goulding said: “As far as conservation is concerned, everything looks good.
“Luckily it’s not the ancient part of the wall. At some point, the wall was strengthened on the outside and newer bricks were built in.
“This is the part that was vandalised. The inner wall, the part inside the actual cemetery dating from around the 16th Century, has not been touched.
“The cleaning job has been done well and there doesn’t seem to be any lasting damage.”
The incident happened just weeks after the 12th Century Arbroath Abbey was vandalised. Experts say they have been unable to safely remove graffiti from the Angus monument without damaging it permanently.
Also, a headstone at the Howff dating from 1627 was damaged by a suspected amateur archaeologist some time in August.
The 400-year-old stone was left with scratches over its surface. It is thought sharp metal tools were used.