A Field guide to rock art symbols of the greater Southwest by Alex Patterson

By Alex Patterson

This can be the 1st in particular designed key to the translation of yank rock artwork. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between specialist archaeologists and trained lay folks in recent times, however the objective and that means that the exciting symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even supposing the importance of the symbols is not really identified for sure, knowledgeable guesses might be made. The "Field consultant" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols through over 100 archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and local American informants. meant for use within the box, in addition to a reference, the ebook incorporates a pictorial key at first and is prepared by means of tentative which means or by way of description. The reader can simply locate the single or numerous of the five hundred illustrations that almost all heavily fit the logo in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has incorporated an index by means of impartial archaeological description in addition to entire documentation of each excerpted remark. the diversity of the publication is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.

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The ruins may be dated by conventional methods that archaeologists all agree are acceptable, such as carbon dating. If the rock art is closely associated with a dated ruin, we may make the assumption that the rock art was made by the people who inhabited the ruin. This is not absolute proof, by any means. However, it seems to be accepted as a fair indication of the age of the rock art. Rock Art Style (See also Rock Art Style below). Over the years archaeologists and researchers have identified numerous "rock art styles" for petroglyphs and pictographs.

We were fascinated. These engravings were exactly as the ancient artist had drawn them many centuries ago. We felt we were looking directly into the minds of these ancient people. But what did all these pictures, these symbols, mean? Like most newcomers to rock art, we wanted to know what they meant. What was the message that the ancients had so carefully placed on the rocks long ago? We soon found out that there are precious few answers. The park rangers we talked to were interested but could not help much.

More importantly they were not studying the question. This seemed strange as we came to the realization that there were thousands of rock art sites in the Southwest. No one knows the exact number. One researcher claims that there are 7,564 rock art sites "known to exist" in Utah alone (Manning 1990:148). Arizona and California are probably not far behind Utah, with New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado with lesser quantities. As we began our own study in depth, we were elated to find that there was in years past and is today a small group of authors studying the question of meaning and reporting their findings in published works.

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