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March 5, 2019 - No Comments!

Good News for the San Rafael Swell

Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel on the San Rafael Swell

Those of you who have been following the Ancient Art Archive's work are familiar with our efforts to document Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) artworks. BCS is one of North America's most enigmatic and evocative styles. It is known, primarily from the San Rafael Swell of Central Utah.

In general conservation news has been bad in Utah for the past few years. Both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monuments were significantly reduced. However, last month a mammoth public lands bill passed both the House and Senate that will increase protections on many National Lands.

Among many other things the bill adds 660,000 acres of wilderness designation to Emery County Utah, home of much of the San Rafael Swell. You can read more here.

The Rochester Rock Art Panel in Emery County Utah
The Rochester Rock Art Panel in Emery County Utah

February 23, 2017 - No Comments!

The Rochester Rock Art Panel, Emery County Utah

Located on a prominent spit of land above Muddy Creek and a side canyon, the Rochester Rock art panel is an extremely complex site. It incorporates images from the Fremont culture to historic times so the art varies in age from 2,000 years old to modern. The panel sees a lot of visitation and hence there has been a lot of damage over the years. 

February 18, 2017 - No Comments!

Cedar Mountain Pictograph, Emery County Utah

Cedar Mountain Pictograph, Emery County Utah

Capture Date August 2016

The Cedar Mountain site is a complex Fremont era pictograph site on the San Rafael Swell in Utah. Both sides of the capped boulder are engraved as well as the rocks to the left of the main panel. The model below is constructed from 177 Canon dslr images assembled in Agisoft Photoscan. Take some time to go through the points in the model. There are extensive engravings on the back side of the main engraved boulder.

Cedar Mountain Pictograph, Emery County Utah
by Ancient Art Archive
on Sketchfab

February 5, 2017 - No Comments!

Freemont Desert Bighorn Panel, Emery County, Utah

A Desert Bighorn Sheep Petroglyph panel in Buckhorn Wash on the San Rafael Swell in Emery Country, Utah. This fine panel is up the wash from the much more famous Buckhorn Wash BCS style panel. Desert Bighorn are one of the most common animals depicted in South Western pictographs. There is also a boxed anthropomorphic figure on the right hand side of the panel as well as plant and abstract images. The panel itself is upstream of the BCS panel. The San Rafael Swell contains a wealth of pre columbian art. Most of the art is currently on Bureau of Land Management land.

recorded August, 2016

Desert Bighorn Panel, Emery Co, Utah
by Ancient Art Archive
on Sketchfab

August 14, 2016 - No Comments!

Wildhorse Wash Petroglyphs, Emery County Utah

Wildhorse Canyon Petroglyph detail

Wildhorse Canyon Petroglyph, Emery County, Utah

Recorded August 2016

These delicate Barrier Canyon Style petroglyphs are painted on the low ceiling of a shelter above Wild Horse Canyon on the San Rafael Swell. Wild Horse Canyon is one of the few clear passageways through the upturned rocks of the San Rafael Reef. The paintings are presumably contemporaneous with Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon located east of the site.