Digital Data Collection, D-Stretch And Databases: New Approaches To Recording Rock Art In Lincoln County

Author(s): Jo McDonald; Andrea Catacora

Year: 2015


A BLM-funded rock art recordation project recently undertaken in Lincoln County, Southern Nevada has focused on three Areas of Environmental Concern: Mount Irish, Shooting Gallery and Pahroc. The overall Project was designed to be a comprehensive heritage inventory of all archaeological evidence in these Areas, and based on a systematic sample there are close to 700 recorded sites in these areas of which around 200 contain rock art.

Building on earlier work by the Nevada Rock Art Foundation and others, one of the BLM’s project goals was to provide a comprehensive contemporary record of the Areas’ heritage resources. Research goals included the characterization of rock art in its archaeological context and to better understand how the rock art in these three areas is related. Digital innovation has been achieved using hand held recording devices, detailed GPS, digital enhancement and photogrammetric software, and a GIS-based database to meet our goals. We are beginning a detailed stylistic analysis of the data recorded from over 1,200 panels and many thousands of recorded motifs to better understand the nature and extent of rock art production in this part of the Great Basin.

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Digital Data Collection, D-Stretch And Databases: New Approaches To Recording Rock Art In Lincoln County. Andrea Catacora, Jo McDonald. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396457)


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