The Cottonwood Panel -also known as the Great Hunt Panel- is the most famous piece of rock art in Nine Mile Canyon. Nine Mile Canyon is a 40 mile long canyon in Carbon and Duchesne Counties that is festoon with thousands of rock art sites. Its estimated that there are more thatn ten thousand individual images in the canyon. The majority of petroglyphs in Nine Mile are Fremont age artworks like the Cottonwood Panel. However, ages in the canyon range from Desert Archaic to Modern. That is almost 10,000 years of artistic history.
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.
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.
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.
Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Recorded August 2016
Arguably the most spectacular rock art site in the South West, the Great Gallery is the type site for Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) art. It was first recognized here as a unique artistic style. Rock art is notoriously hard to date and BCS art age estimates range from Archaic (4,000-8,000 BP) to pre Fremont (500 BCE-500 CE). The National Park Service has a free book on the archaeology of Horseshoe Canyon available here that puts the date for BCS production at around 2,000 BCE.
The entire panel is over 200 feet long and the tallest figure is 7.1 feet tall.