The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (2019)

This collection contains the abstracts of the papers presented in the session entitled "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf," at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Larry Loendorf’s illustrious career spans the mid-1960s through today, and this session presents papers in his honor. Although best known for his rock art research, Loendorf conducted pioneering dirt archaeological investigations in the Pryor Mountains, Southeastern Montana, for his University of Montana thesis work, and subsequent University of Missouri dissertation research. He taught at the University of North Dakota for over two decades, and the anthropology program there was developed through his efforts. He was also one of the first archaeologists to conduct Cultural Resource Management work in the northern Plains after the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act, and he established a permanent research facility (UNDAR-West) for this purpose in western North Dakota. His research increased dramatically after leaving UND, and he since has conducted rock art investigations throughout western North America. His most recent efforts include the establishment of Sacred Sites Research, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the conservation and preservation traditional cultural properties. His legacy includes substantial contributions to our understanding of northern and southern Plains archaeology, important influences on his former students and current colleagues, and improved protection for many rock art sites.

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  • Ambrose Bierce’s Indian Inscriptions: Biographic Art Along the Bozeman Trail (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only James Keyser. Linea Sundstrom.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In 1866 Ambrose Bierce accompanied the Hazen expedition whose tour inspected military outposts in the Department of the Platte. During cartographic work, Bierce recorded two "Indian inscriptions," one petroglyph on the Powder River near Ft. Reno, and an arborglyph on the Yellowstone River upstream from Pompey’s...

  • Ceremonial Depictions of Bighorn Sheep Anthropomorphs in the Jornada Mogollon Region (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Margaret Berrier.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The Jornada Mogollon region is known for its rich body of rock art. Researchers have suggested that elements such as cloud terraces, masks, goggle-eyed figures, and horned serpents are associated with ceremony. Although hundreds of bighorn sheep images exist in the regional rock art these figures are not...

  • DStretch contributions to Sacred Sites Projects in Montana and Wyoming (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jon Harman.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. In 2014 – 16 I participated in Sacred Sites Research rock art documentation projects in Montana and Wyoming, led by Larry Lowendorf. My contribution was my expertise with the DStretch program, which I created. DStretch proved to be an important resource in aiding the documentation of sites and recognizing...

  • In Search of Hot (or Cool) Dates with Larry (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Marvin Rowe.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Rowe’s research group at Texas A&M University changed their direction about three decades ago when they undertook to develop a method for dating rock paintings. The method is based on the use of plasma-chemical oxidation to gently, at low temperatures, convert to carbon dioxide the organic material that was...

  • Instructor, Boss, Mentor and Friend: The Multi-Talented Dr. Loendorf (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Jeani Borchert.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. I was a college student in elementary education when I was inspired by the enthusiasm of an instructor in a class I took for fun: Intro to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology. It changed the course of my life. Larry’s contributions to our field are enormous and varied as he is a man of intellectual curiosity,...

  • A Keelboat Petroglyph in the Northern Bighorn Basin of Wyoming (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Michael Bies.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin is one of the areas where Dr. Larry Loendorf has worked for years. This paper talks about a new rock art site in north-central portion of the Big Horn Basin. In 2015 two ranch women Lynette Kelley Cook and Phyllis Preator contacted the author about rock art in the northern Bighorn...

  • The Lasting Legacy of Larry Loendorf at Legend Rock (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Julie Francis.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. For over 30 years, Larry Loendorf has spurred rock art research throughout Wyoming and Montana. No where have his contributions been more important and deeply felt than at the Legend Rock State Petroglyphs site (48HO4) in Wyoming. Through encouraging the use of standard archaeological methodology at rock art...

  • Legend Rock Remembered (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Carolyn McClellan. Lawrence Loendorf.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Legend Rock is a world-renowned petroglyph site located north of Thermopolis, WY. Considered a sacred site by the Shoshone Indian Nation it features impressive and significant petroglyphs within the Dinwoody tradition. This presentation focuses on the management plan created between Wyoming State Parks and...

  • Making the Walls Talk: Rock Art and Memory in the American Southwest (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mairead Poulin.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Over the past few decades, memory has become a topic of prominence in archaeological research. While iconography has long been seen as revealing social practices of the past, rock art has typically been neglected in memory-related literature, a gap in scholarship that is particularly notable in the American...

  • One Tough Act to Follow: A Retrospective of the Archaeological Career of Lawrence L. Loendorf (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Chris Loendorf.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. This presentation summarizes the remarkable career of Lawrence L. Loendorf, who has conducted cutting edge archaeological research for nearly six decades. As his son, my life follows the arc of Larry’s research as an archaeologist from when it formally began in early 1960s through today. Consequently, I am...

  • Reimagining Non-Representational Rock Art through Proto-Historical Indigenous Cartographic Traditions (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kevin O'Briant.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. When confronted with apparently non-representational forms at prehistoric rock art sites, North American researchers tend to categorize such imagery as abstract symbols, shamanic art, or entoptic phenomena. Drawing on research in the field of historical geography and utilizing a direct-historical,...

  • Ritual Space and Ritual Place in California Rock Art (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only David Whitley.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Larry Loendorf has always emphasized that rock art research is nothing if it is not also archaeology. Much of his research has accordingly considered the importance of the (dirt) archaeological context of rock art sites, and what this can tell us about the art. In the spirit of this concern, the archaeological...

  • The Soundscapes of Baja California Sur: Preliminary Results of the Arroyo de San Pablo Rock Art Canyon (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Margarita Diaz-Andreu. María de la Luz Gutiérrez Martínez. Tommaso Mattioli. César Villalobos. Zubieta Leslie.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. When the first Spaniards arrived in the Baja California Sur the area of the Arroyo de San Pablo in the Sierra de San Francisco was populated by the Cochimi people. It has been argued that at least for the latest Holocene the archaeological record is connected with the groups that inhabited the area. It is...

  • What Lies Beneath: The Application of 3D Image Enhancements to Explore Relationships between Rock Art and Rock Surfaces (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mark Willis. Myles Miller.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The creation of rock art imagery often involved more than pigments, incisions, and peckings. The natural form of the rock influenced, completed, and enhanced pictographic and petroglyphic shapes and often informed the placement of certain designs. Presenting the complex interactions of natural and human-made...

  • With Beauty Around: The Canyon del Muerto Rock Art Documentation Project (2019)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Evelyn Billo. Robert Mark. Kelley Hays-Gilpin.

    This is an abstract from the "The Art and Archaeology of the West: Papers in Honor of Lawrence L. Loendorf" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. A Navajo prayer ends: "with beauty all around, may I walk." Canyon de Chelly National Monument in the heart of Navajo country presented Larry Loendorf, then Professor at New Mexico State University, and his rock art recording crew with beauty in the alcoves, on the cliffs, and with every landscape view. Canyons...