August 12, 2016 - 2 comments

Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon

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.

Published by: Stephen Alvarez in Barrier Canyon Style, Horseshoe Canyon, Utah

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