Skip to comments.The earliest rock art engraving of an American mammoth?
Posted on 02/21/2011 9:30:31 AM PST by SunkenCiv
On a cliff overlooking the floodplain of the San Juan River (Utah, USA), rock art specialists Ekkehart Malotki and Henry Wallace have examined several highly stylized images carved into the rock face including what they believe to be the first example of prehistoric Native American rock art to show a mammoth. While such images are common in the caves of Europe, they are surprisingly unknown in the New World.
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You’d think those scientists have never heard of a digital camera. There are many notices of really great finds, but rarely any photographs with the article. How come?
Yeah, JPB! The photo!
The caves in Europe are paintings. These are carvings, along the Colorado.
Apart from that... Many of the carvings (such as the nearby Newspaper Rock) are known as petroglyphs, and contain a mix of ancient and historical graffiti. The well known Mastodon carving may well be a circus elephant, as Barnums circus did make an appearance in the area in the 19th century. Some of the pictographs, however, in thankfully more remote areas may well be tens of thousands years old. The whole area is an explorers paradise having really only been opened up in the last 40 years because of the uranium boom. Utah maintains an extensive network of high clearance graded dirt roads that can be explored for hundreds of miles through spectacular scenery and humbling solitude.
In the image above, tracings highlight the mammoth in purple, and another animal in blue identified by the researchers as possibly a bison. Tracing by Ken Gary courtesy of Ekkehart Malotki.
Looks more like a buffalo.
Or a big bug with a tail.
Or a rabbit with issues.
Thanks for the post.
My apologies to all, I managed to arf up the title, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW.
This is the week for it too — I’ve been accumulating a backlog (IOW, I hadn’t got off my duff and posted them) of petroglyphs, other prehistoric art, as well as megalithic stuff. And there’s more coming in a few. :’)
There ya have it, a big bug with a tail eating a caterpillar.
*FrogMom mumbles that they make stuff up like the story where they found a 4” piece of bone and came up with what the dino looked like, what color he was and how he cared for his young.*
Okay, my turn, I want to be an archeologist!
The animal that made that fossil lived while man was learning to use the atlatl. It was tones of brown and tan to blend into the brush. The female of the species clubbed the male into submission, mated with him and then ate him. It also ate children and small animals and terrified the native population. It is believed that it may have been the source of the tradition of medusa, because it made viewers ill. Only one modern day specimen has been identified, so it is essentially extinct.
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