|Newspaper Rock, Utah.|
I hate the name. To label a spectacular signpost of ancient native petroglyphs (figures pecked into the rock's surface) a "newspaper", as if they were mass published daily editions, is stupid.
The artwork, meanwhile, is world class heritage stuff. And on this day it was a rare rainy day in the canyon country high desert, which meant soft light on N--Rock.
|"Newspaper" Rock artwork panorama.|
So I stood and examined, stared, photographed once again. Most of the rock-pecked figures are quite bright, indicating relative newness. The ones with a horse or wheel are really new, since the horse wasn't introduced until the 1600s by the Spanish. Because of that indicator, most of these seem to be of that era. Not that weathered.
A couple more pondering: why so many bare feet? Why not hands instead?
The demon or monster like beings are a whole other story. Space aliens? Dreams or hallucinogenic visions?
|Older rock art amid the cracks.|
© 2015 Stephen J. Krieg