Dating of rock art in southern america

19 Oct

Anthropomorphic images may be standing figures or stick figures, as well as hand- and footprints.

Zoomorphic images are not abundant in Arkansas, but recorded images do include an otter, a beaver, a fish, snakes, insects, and animal prints such as deer prints, turkey tracks, and bear paws.

Applying a pigment to the rock surface either with a tool such as a brush or with fingers created pictographs.

Most of the pictographs in Arkansas appear to have been created with the latter method.

Along with the other archaeological resources in the state, rock art is important to understanding the lives of Native Americans living within the region during the pre-colonial era.

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In November and early December 2009, the Nevada Rock Art Foundation worked with the National Park Service Lake Mead Recreation Area to record Grapevine Canyon, one of the most important rock art sites in southern Nevada.

Based on stylistic comparisons to other types of Native American artifacts, researchers believe most of the prehistoric rock art in the state was probably created during the Mississippian Period (approximately AD 900–1600).

Excavations at one site in northwest Arkansas uncovered tools that were used to create the rock art there.

Vandalism continues to be the biggest threat to rock art sites.

While locations of sites are not public record, many rock art sites are on state or federal land and have become well-known places to visit.