The Atacama Desert and the Andes in South America are crisscrossed by myriads of paths and tracks. Often those tracks are easily seen in Google Earth as broad bands. Also rock art images narrate of such travels. They mainly depict camelids guided by people. In rare instances however a specific kind of traveller has been depicted on the rocks. I have labelled it ‘The Enigmatic Traveller‘. In this study I describe the distribution of this icon, compare it with similar images and try to explain the meaning of the enigmatic position of the arms of this figure.
By Maarten van Hoek
Shay Canyon Bighorns
The Southwest of North America is known for its rich rock art in which the image of the Bighorn is one of the most important zoomorphic representations. This study investigates the many manifestations of the Bighorn in rock art. The focus is on idiosyncrasies and possible transformations of the image of this impressive animal. It proves that in this respect especially Site 3 on Potash Road near Moab, Utah, offers so many shape-shifted images that we can speak of the Potash Sheep Shifters.
by Maarten van Hoek
Very recently several petroglyphs at the rock art site of Guelta Oukas in the Anti Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco were severely damaged. However, the mutilation was limited to two panels with mainly depictions of cattle and – moreover – to specific body parts of those zoomorphic images. In this paper I argue that this is not just another case of unwanted vandalism. Instead, I propose that the mutilation at Guelta Oukas could represent an instance of ‘negative’ rock art, involving the desecration of the images.
by Maarten van Hoek
May-August 2013, twelve new papers on Rupestreweb, the most interesting online Mid and South-America rock art review; a rich overlook about: Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Perú, República Dominicana. Petroglyphs, rock paintings, research, archaeology… want you go further?
Rupestreweb, Arte rupestre en América Latina.
This summer is a nightmare for the preservation of rockart in the American Southwest and West. Damages being done by a variety of mining and non-mainstream “science” groups may go unstopped without your interest and assistance immediately!
by Deb Huglin
Trail Lake Ranch is pleased to anounce that Dr. Larry Loendorf will lead a week-long exploration into the rock art and culture of early Mountain Shoshone and Plains Indians.
by Jane Vander Weyden
The mayor of Albuquerque, without proper public notice, approved the bulldozing and paving of a controversial road through our sacred petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are one of the few remaining sacred sites.
by Wendy and Clinton Thunderchief
Utah rock art
TRACCE no. 12 – by Jeffery R. Hanson
The University of Texas-Arlingtonis pleased to announce it’s 5th annual rock art field school in Dry Fork Canyon, Utah. Students participate in an intense archaeological and ethnographic experience, experiencing a Native American perspective through the eyes of Eastern Shoshone spiritual practitioners.
Low rail barrier
TRACCE no. 10 – by M. Leigh Marymor
Looking Back at Four Years of Advocacy for the Ring Mountain Petroglyphs – California (USA).
In the Fall of 1993, the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association (BARARA) began an effort to insure protections for the Ring Mountain petroglyphs in Tiburon (Marin County), California . Read more
Dry Fork Canyon
TRACCE no. 10 – by Jeffery R. Hanson
The Trowel and the Drum: contrastive Approaches to Rock Art.
Located on the McKonkie Ranch in the Dry Fork Canyon near the town of Vernal, canyon walls contain some of the most spectacular examples of prehistoric petroglyphs… Read more
TRACCE no. 9 – by Robert Alan Clouse
2nd International Congress of Rupestrian Archaeology
2-5 October 1997 DARFO BOARIO TERME
Pattern and Function at Jeffers Petroglyphs, Minnesota, USA.
The Jeffers Petroglyphs site in the Midwestern United States contains over 2,000 recorded carvings, some of which likely date to 5,000 B.P.
TRACCE no. 8 – by Jack Steinbring
1999 International Rock Art Congress
at Ripon College
Ripon, Wisconsin, U.S.A., MAY 23 – 31 Read more
TRACCE no. 5 – by Petroglyph Monument Protection Coalition
Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico imperiled by Road Plans
National Monument comprises more than 7,200 acres along Albuquerque’s scenic West Mesa Escarpment and was established by Congress in 1990. Read more
TRACCE no.3 – by Paul G. Bahn, Robert G. Bednarik, Jack Steinbring
We would like to draw the attention of Tracce readers to our recent illustrated paper in Rock Art Research in which we reveal for the first time… Read more
TRACCE no. 2 – by Carol Diaz-Granados
In 1993, a two-volume dissertation was completed entitled: The Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Missouri: A distributional, stylistic, contextual, temporal, and functional analysis of the state’s rock graphics.
TRACCE no. 2 – by Kevin L. Callahan
Ethnohistorical sources regarding the creation of rock art around the world frequently make reference to “little people” as the makers of rock art. As David Whitley (1991) has noted, this may be due to a taboo against talking about a dead shaman and not verbally distinguishing the shaman’s spirit helper or tutelary spirit from the deceased shaman