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A Thousand Year Old Record, Gone in A Day!

A Thousand Year Old Record, Gone in A Day!

Rock art is thought to represent the spiritual expression of people who lived here long ago. The fremont people who lived here from about AD 500 to AD 1100 left symbols on the rock which had tremendous meaning to them. The Shield site remains an example of what vandalism can do to a once beautiful and interesting archaeological site.

Parties, camping, tree cutting and outright deliberate destruction of the rock art have destroyed this site. No scientific knowlege will ever be gained here. No quiet enjoyment is possible. And, no one can feel anything but sorrow while viewing the remains of symbols left by people over a thousand years ago.

It belongs to you.

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Unexpected Panel

Unexpected Panel

Here’s a Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel that my friend Philippe and I ‘unexpectedly’ found while searching out some rock art in the San Rafael Swell. It’s an amazing panel and we both spent a good amount of time examining all the fine details. One thing I noticed while visiting this panel and searching the surrounding area for more rock art is that there was no footpath leading to this panel…not even a footprint anywhere around.

When I got home, I asked around to see if this panel had a name, and to my surprise, I was unable to find anyone else who has seen this panel before! While I am sure that we are not the first people to stumble across this panel, it’s kind of cool to find out that it’s not very well known at all.

This is an overview photo of the very large, tall and complex panel. I have other closeup shots of the different sections that I will probably post here in the future!

Get out there and start exploring….you never know what you might find!

>> An Unexpected Surprise in the Swell

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A Different Perspective

A Different Perspective

A different perspective of the beautiful Barrier Canyon Style pictographs in the Ochre Alcove, also known as the Transformation Panel. This is certainly one of my favorite pictograph panels around. Many of the figures painted here are all pretty small compared to other Barrier Canyon Style panels, but the details are just amazing! I could just sit here all day and stare at this panel.

>> Three Fingers to Temple Wash

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Solstice Snake

Solstice Snake

I’ve been anticipating the Solstice this year so that I could visit the Solstice Snake (aka Solar Snake or Hyper Viper) and watch the arrowhead appear on the snakes head. For about 2 minutes on the solstice a dagger of light shaped like an arrowhead appears on the head of this very large and well executed petroglyph of a snake. It was an amazing experience!

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Time Takes it’s Toll

Time Takes it's Toll

I received word from my friend Philippe this weekend that the Robidoux Panel in the Book Cliffs was broken when he visited it at the beginning of his Southwest trip recently, so I just had to go see it for myself. On my way home from Moab this afternoon I made the short detour and found that part of the panel had indeed broken off and fallen to the ground.

Below is a (not so good) photo of the same panel when I visited it on December 18, 2010 and it was all in one piece then.

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