Setting and Function of the Pahranagat Valley, NV, Petroglyphs: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives
Author(s): David Whitley
Rock art is landscape art, but what may be inferred from its setting and associations? It is commonly believed that function directly follows from setting and locational association, but the assumptions underlying this inference are not examined. The Lincoln County Class III rock art inventory is partly directed at the landscape implications of the Pahranagat Valley, NV, petroglyphs, providing an opportunity to consider this question. Associational inference, appropriately applied, combined with ethnographic accounts of the location, nature and use of Great Basin rock art demonstrates that many simplistic interpretations are unsupportable, with a more nuanced understanding required.
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Setting and Function of the Pahranagat Valley, NV, Petroglyphs: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives. David Whitley. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396454)
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