About Rock Art

[petroglyph image]


Images carved or pecked into a rock face using stone tools. Human-like (anthropomorphic), animal and bird (zoomorphic) images are common, as are circles, spirals, dots, lines, and other geometric and abstract forms.

[pictograph image]


Images painted on a rock face. The paints were typically made from pulverized minerals, so red, white, and black are the most common colors.

[geoglyph image]


Images formed on the ground. Typically surface matter was scraped away to form an image in the exposed, underlying soil, or by arranging stones to form an image. Geoglyphs are the most fragile rock art.

More rock art images and links may be found at: ROCK ART IMAGES

Important Note

Rock art is an irreplaceable historical legacy. As such, it should be treated with respect.

Avoid touching Rock Art

To do so may have unexpected consequences, such as compromising certain dating techniques.
Chalking, molding, or augmentation of any sort should be immediately reported to: 1-800-VANDALS and local law enforcement. Removing rock art from a site is a very serious crime in many states. Education is probably the best way to deal with the serious graffiti problem at rock art sites. Do your part!

Read about etiquette on Indian reservations.

Organizations with special interest in rock art


American Rock Art Research Association: ARARA, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, phone (520) 621-3999 ARARA home page

National Pictograph Society: Carol Patterson-Rudolph, 221 Gowen Place, Winslow, WA 98110, USA

Additional National, and International Rock Art Organizations


Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA, phone (520) 621-4011

Bay Area Rock Art Association, Paul Freeman, 1959 Webster St., San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

The Rock Art Foundation, 4861 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229, USA (210) 525-9907. RAF home page

San Diego Museum of Man: ROCK ART, San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1616, USA USA. Conducts Rock Art 95 (96, 97...) symposia in early November.

Southern Nevada Rock Art Enthusiasts: SNRAE c/o Nancy Wier, 2686 Ruthe Duarte, Las Vegas, NV 89121, USA

Utah Rock Art Research Association: URARA, P.O. Box 511324, Salt Lake City, UT 84151-1324, USA


Please notify me of other organizations that should be included: solmar@azstarnet.com

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