Anasazi Rock Art - Utah, Arizona
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
Newspaper Rock, A Great Petroglyph Panel in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
This is the famous "Newspaper Rock" in the Needles District of
Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The rock was clearly a gathering
place for Anasazi graffiti artists during their heyday in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The Anasazi did not have a written language, and panels such as these
provide the only "written" record of the culture. Note a contribution
by a 20th century artist in the upper left corner. The signature is
Note that this panel is called a "petroglyph" because the art is etched
into the wall. The panel below is a "pictograph" because the objects
Anasazi Pictographs in Grand Gulch, Utah
An example of Anasazi pictographs from nearby Grand Gulch.
The gulch is highly rich in Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins and
rock art. The area provides an opportunity
to enjoy outstanding scenery and experience prehistorical artifacts in
a natural setting.
Petroglyph Panel from Capital Reef National Park, Utah
A petroglyph panel from Capital Reef National Park. This panel is probably
representative of the Fremont culture of central Utah, rather than Anasazi.
For obvious reasons, this petroglyph often shows up on "ancient astronauts"
Petroglyph Panel from Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
An unusual petroglyph panel found in the Puerco Pueblo of Petrified Forest National Park
in northeastern Arizona. The ancient inhabitants of this region probably had a
mix of Anasazi and Zuni influence.
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