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.
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.
2,000 year old finger tracing and modern graffiti in unnamed cave 19
One of the first questions I am asked about the Archive is why now? Can't this wait? There is so much else to do right now... It's a reasonable question. Much of the art that we are working with has been around thousands if not tens of thousands of years. Why now?
The short answer is we need to do this now! Sites are being destroyed in front of our eyes.
A graphic illustration of that is unnamed cave 19. Its a woodland period site (+/- 2,000 years bp) in a remote corner of the South East. The cave ceiling is covered in very delicate, elaborate finger traced mud glyphs. There are abstract figures, snakes, birds, bears, humans with rays coming from their bellies. Read more
A horned anthropomorphic petroglyph with rainbows enhanced with D-Stretch.
Barrier Canyon Style Petroglyphs, Emery County Utah
Within this faded group of Barrier Canyon Style petroglyphs is the Double Rainbow man. The figure is somewhat faded so I have run D-Stretch to bring it then recombined it with the original image to make the figure above. Read more
A detailed view of the High Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon, Wayne County Utah.
High Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon, Wayne County, Utah
Recorded August 2016
This is the first gallery in The Horseshoe (Barrier) Canyon section of Canyonlands National Park. It is on the East wall of the canyon far above the canyon floor. It has well preserved anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures in classic Barrier Canyon Style. There are also a number of pictographs faintly visible within the panel. The pictographs show up best in the model below.
BCS style art is thought to be about 4,000 years BP. There is a longer discussion of the arts age on the Great Gallery Model.
To see the panel in greater context of the canyon look at this image
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.
A fine, well preserved example of Barrier Canyon style pictographs. This Anthropomorphic figure is in the wall of a huge shelter in North Wash. The anthropomoph is accompanied by a featureless animal often caller her “dog.” The fine preservation is no doubt due to the location deep inside the shelter and the figure's location more than head height off the ground.
The Ancient Art Archive all grows out of a National Geographic Magazine story. I wrote about that experience for the NG Proof blog and I've reproduced that text below. What I couldn't envision at the time is how images can be repurposed. The model above is constructed entirely of images I shot for a panorama of the lion panel. At the time I had not even heard of photogrammetry or even dreamed of building 3 dimensional models.