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New Horizons for Southwestern Rock Art

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 30, No. 2

Issue editor: Aaron M. Wright, Archaeology Southwest

ASWM Vol. 30, No. 2 Cover

Petroglyph panels above pueblo architecture at Crack-in-the-Rock (also Crack-in-Rock) site on Wupatki National Monument. Image: © Elias Butler.

Issue editor Aaron M. Wright, renowned rock art scholar Polly Schaafsma, and authors on the cutting edge of rock art research consider rock art within the physical and social contexts of its makers’ lives.


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Publicly Accessible Rock Art Sites in the American Southwest (opens as a PDF)

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Rock Art Organizations and Resources (opens as a PDF)

Archaeology Southwest Fact Sheet: Rock Art: Heritage Set in Stone (opens as a PDF)


New Horizons for Southwestern Rock Art — Aaron M. Wright

Learn more about our cooperative efforts to have federal lands in the Great Bend of the Gila designated as a national monument here and here.

The Great Bend of the Gila: A Nationally Significant Cultural Landscape (2015) by Aaron M. Wright, Pat H. Stein, Barnaby V. Lewis, and William H. Doelle (opens as a PDF)

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 25, No. 1 — The Great Bend of the Gila

View Wright’s Archaeology Café presentation on the Great Bend of the Gila (opens at YouTube)

View our 2012 video about the Great Bend of the Gila (opens at YouTube)

Reframing the Past: Rock Art Styles across the Southwest — Aaron M. Wright and Polly Schaafsma

Polly Schaafsma was recently awarded honorary doctorates from the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Classic works by Schaafsma here

New Mexico Historical Review Vol. 90, No. 2, Spring 2015, issue honoring Schaafsma

Santa Fe New Mexican, May 2016, Dialogues with the old: Honoring anthropologist Polly Dix Schaafsma, by Paul Weideman

In Brief: How Did People Make Rock Art? Aaron M. Wright

The Western Archaic Tradition in ContextHenry D. Wallace

View Wallace’s Archaeology Café presentation on rock art (opens at YouTube)

In Brief: But Is It Art? Aaron M. Wright

Landmarks and Signalling: Rock Art of Southeastern Utah’s Colorado River RegionRalph Hartley

Website of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Ancestral Hopi Rock ArtWesley Bernardini and Lee Wayne Lomayestewa

Bernardini’s web pages for the Hopi Archaeology Project

CyArk’s web pages for the Tutuveni documentation project

Tutuveni Petroglyph Site page at the World Monuments Fund

Website of the Hopi Tribe

Perry Mesa Petroglyph

Perry Mesa petroglyphs. Image: Andy Laurenzi

Cultural Diversity and Social Identity atop Perry Mesa Will G. Russell

Website of Agua Fria National Monument

View Russell’s Archaeology Café presentation on ritual racing on Perry Mesa (opens at YouTube)

View Katherine Spielmann’s Archaeology Café presentation on Perry Mesa archaeology (opens at YouTube)

Rock Art and Mountain Ritualism in the Hohokam World — Aaron M. Wright

For further reading, check out Aaron Wright’s award-winning book on this topic, Religion on the Rocks (University of Utah Press).

Comanche AestheticsLindsay Montgomery

Website of the Gorge Project

Project web pages on rock art of the Rio Grande Gorge

Taos News, September 28, 2015, Rock art: Petroglyphs of Taos’ borderlands, by Cody Hooks

Rock Art and Accessibility: Examples from Northern New MexicoMarit Munson

Website of Bandelier National Monument

Pueblo San Cristobal at the website of the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Sites Protection Act

Soundscapes of Rock Art: Cultural Significance in the Past and Implications TodaySteven J. Waller

Read Waller’s presentation, “Auditory Illusions of Supernatural Spirits: Archaeological Evidence and Experimental Results,” at Acoustics.org (includes sound files)

Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer Analysis of PictographsChris Loendorf and Larry Loendorf

Website of Sacred Sites Research (Larry Loendorf, President)

*Due to an editorial oversight, “fluorescence” is misspelled in the table of contents and in the title of the article. Archaeology Southwest Magazine sincerely regrets this error.*

Pictograph at Quail Point — Robert Mark and Evelyn Billo

Website of Rupestrian CyberServices



Learn more about Archaeology Southwest’s 2014 acquisition of a portion of Quail Point

Recent Rock Art Conservation Efforts at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site — Tim Roberts and Wanda Olszewski

Website of Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

Website of Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, Inc.

In Defense of Rock Art — Polly Schaafsma

Preservation Spotlight: Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project — Katherine Wells

Website of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Back Sight — William H. Doelle

List of Southwest parks and monuments dedicated to rock art, compiled by Aaron M. Wright (opens as a PDF)


Hohokam Petroglyphs

Elaborate panels of Hohokam petroglyphs above a spring and several natural water tanks in the Superstition Mountains. Image: Aaron M. Wright

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