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 yankee rock paintings. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between expert archaeologists and educated lay individuals in recent times, however the objective and that means that the interesting symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even supposing the importance of the symbols will not be recognized for sure, knowledgeable guesses will 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 publication features a pictorial key before everything and is geared up through tentative that means or by means of description. The reader can simply locate the single or a number of of the five hundred illustrations that almost all heavily fit the emblem in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has integrated an index by way of impartial archaeological description in addition to entire documentation of each excerpted remark. the variety of the ebook is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.

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The pictures appeared to represent birds, animals, fish, people, hands, feet, abstract designs, and fantastic beings. 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?

Rainbow · Arc of parallel lines, with ends pointing down. · Horizontal rectangle enclosing short vertical lines. Rain God or Tlaloc · Goggle-eyed anthropomorph, often with design on body. " Rattle · Vertical line bisected with line(s) or oval(s), usually carried by an anthropomorph. · Single or double oval on stick. Rattlesnake (see Snakes and Diamond Chain) Red Ant · Vertical line with dot head and dot body. · Vertical line with "V" at top and circles below. Rhombus (see Bullroarer) River (see also Snakes and Maps) · Meandering line in complex design.

Open flower in profile. · Dots. · String of connected circles. Staff (see also Crook) · Long line, with object or curve at one end, often carried by anthropomorph. Stars (see also Cross, Planetaria, and Quetzalcoatl) · Four isoceles triangles joined at bases to form star. · Equilateral cross, often outlined. · Dots. Storyteller (see Waving Man) Sun (see also Concentric Circles, Pit, and Solstice) · Circle with rays. · Concentric circles, often with dot in center. · Circle with face or designs.

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