By Alex Patterson
This is often 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 fascinating symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even if the importance of the symbols will not be recognized for definite, knowledgeable guesses will be made. The "Field advisor" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols by way of 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 initially and is equipped by means of tentative which means or by way 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 incorporated an index via impartial archaeological description in addition to whole documentation of each excerpted remark. the diversity of the booklet is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.
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Southwest, NewAntiquitiesGuidebook. I. Patterson, Alex. 01dc20 92-883 CIP Printed in the United States of America by Johnson Printing Company 1880 South 57th Court Boulder, Colorado 80304 CONTENTS Acknowledgments vi Introduction ix The Meaning of Rock Art x Dating Rock Art xi Rock Art Style xii Authors Cited xiii Rock Art Site Manners xiii How to Use Field Guide xiv Finder: Humanlike 1 Finder: Animallike 9 Finder: Abstract 14 Alphabetical Index by Ascribed Meaning Plus Related Symbol Description 22 Alphabetical Index by Symbol Description Plus Related Ascribed Meaning 33 Rock Art Symbols 42 General Location of Rock Art Sites 215 Arizona 216 California/Nevada 218 Colorado/Utah 220 New Mexico 222 Texas/Mexico 223 Directions to 18 Rock Art Sites in National Parks, State Parks, and Areas Set Aside for Public Viewing 226 Recommended Reading 228 Organizations to Join and Events to Attend 228 Bibliography 229 Credits 243 Page vi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thanks go to all those who gave us a smile and a helping hand on our journey: Brian Amme, Alex and Patti Apostolides, Jim and Nan Bain, Margery Torrey Barber, Con and Dawn Bergland, Nancy Bernard, Natasha Bonilla, Frank and AJ.
Morning Star (see Cross, Stars, and Quetzalcoatl) Mother of Animals (see also Hocker and Water Skate) · Hocker, with filled-in circle on each side of body. · Water Skate, with two concentric circles overlaying body. Mountain Lion · Quadruped with ball-like feet, short ears, long tail, often doubled-back over body or extended up or down. Mountain Sheep (see also Coyote) · Quadruped with one or two horns curving back over body. �Quadruped with horns spreading left and right. One-Pole Ladder (see Centipede or One-Pole Ladder) Parrot · Bird in profile, with curved beak and triangular body, often with long tail.
Flute Player or Kokopelli · Anthropomorph in profile with line from mouth and arms holding this line, often with hump on back and ithyphallic. Footprints (see also Sandals) · Footprints of bare human foot. Four Circles (see also Warriors) · Four small circles, in a cross design; may be connected with lines or separated by stick cross. Friendship (see also Swastika and Water) · Interlocking "U"s or "C"s. Frog, Lizard or Toad · Zoomorph with tail, arms upraised and bent at elbow, legs spread and bent at knees, often with circular body.
A Field guide to rock art symbols of the greater Southwest by Alex Patterson