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Posted on 09/18/2010 6:54:20 AM PDT by Palter
Legend Rock carries 10,000 years of profound beliefs
Ice Age paintings and carvings in Europe are revered as sublime achievements of early humans, yet the prehistoric rock art in the American West is far less known. At Legend Rock in central Wyoming, 10,000 years of profound beliefs are inscribed on red sandstone cliffs.
As the Pleistocene period ended approximately 12,000 years ago with the passing of the last Ice Age, people were spreading from Asia to North America and south into what is now the U.S. Archaeologists have found evidence that the early immigrants took advantage of the moderating climate to cross the high passes of the Tetons and Absaroka mountains to settle among their foothills and what are now the broad, arid plains encircled by these peaks on the west and north and by the Bighorn and Owl Creek ranges to the east and south. Near the center of this basin stretching across more than 60 miles stands Legend Rock.
Rising 200 feet above the Cottonwood creek that runs near its base, Legend Rock is a cliff face over 800 yards long. It is carved with nearly 300 images scattered along its length. They are petroglyphs that archaeologists now believe range in date from about 11,000 years ago to perhaps the mid-19th century. The oldest documented images at the site are carvings of an antelope, a human figure and a life-size adult hand. The antelope and full figure are primarily rendered as outlines chipped, stroke by stroke, into the rock with a harder stone. The picture of a human hand with fingers splayed was more laboriously rendered by pecking away the entire rock surface within the boundaries of the fingers and palm. It looks as if a clay-covered hand has just been pressed to the rock.
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Legend Rock is a cliff face over 800 yards long. It is carved with nearly 300 images scattered along its length. They are petroglyphs that archaeologists now believe range in date from about 11,000 years ago to perhaps the mid-19th century.And yet the earliest images don't mention global warming...
Thanks! Our next vacation destination!
Here is a photo of a newspaper photo on display at Guadalupe Mountain National Park in Texas. The dancers are Apache Spirit Dancers. Their headgear is remarkably similar to the petroglyphs. The dancers shown are maybe only a hundred years ago.
All represent manifestations of long and nearly forgotten visits by extra terrestrials IMHO.
I remember reading a series of scifi books with this as the theme. They were by Matthew Reilly “Area 7”, Steve Alten “Domain”, and Robert Doherty “Area 51”. They did a good job coming up a story plot to fit with all the ancient sites of power and early ruins of civilaztion. They are fun reads if you get the chance.
Actually, looking at the thread’s title the first time my initial thought was: “Oh look, another thread of Keynesian economic theory.”
I'll take the one where Mad Mo died in infancy please.
(Yes, I did read the article but I could not resist the title)
What? You aren’t here already???
I read it, decided I’d better not say anything.
Boy, is that interesting! You really captured this one, I was sitting there wondering what on earth they were trying to depict, with that headgear. Even shows the diamond patterns. What do the Apache’s feel the headgear represents?
The Dancers are Apache Spirit Dancers. If you search on Bing you get lots of hits, including very modern ones. Apparently the dances survive in the annual festival in Gallup NM.
Here is a url with several more pictures.
I haven’t been able to find what the spirit dances represent but it seems clear the costumes are depicted on the petroglyphs found all over the southwest. The question is...... did the Apache develop a cult from seeing the petroglyphs? or have the costumes been in use for 11,000 years when the article says the petroglyphs were rendered?
This is information I’ve waited years for...and then the concept they were influenced by the drawings and develop a cult from it, aack! Archaeolgist/anthropologist nightmare.
Darn I want to know the answer to these things.
Keep in mind, I'm but a mediocre observer with a strong skepticism for South West American archeological pronouncements who has seen and photographed lots of them.
Some wit, a modern wit, confused the archeological record with the Weblos badge glyph among hundreds of others in The Petrified Forest National Monument........
Check out these video trailers of David Talbott’s new DVD. Be sure to watch all three; very interesting stuff here, and the further you watch, the more interesting it gets.
Thanks Renfield, bfl.
I had a chance finally to watch the videos.