Landscape, Rock Art, and Ceremonial Game Drives

Author(s): Alice Tratebas

Year: 2016


Early Hunting petroglyphs in a Black Hills canyon depict hunting situations and ceremonies. A loop-line motif, that is unique to this rock art tradition, signifies drive lines and trap structures. Loop-lines occur only at canyon locations that are appropriate settings for trap structures. The canyon starts on the margin of a basin that provides good grazing. Entry to the canyon is funnel-shaped like the V-shaped wings of hunting traps. Recent discovery of a cairn drive line that utilizes another bedrock gap leading out of the grassy basin reinforces the interpretation of the rock art canyon as a trap location.

Cite this Record

Landscape, Rock Art, and Ceremonial Game Drives. Alice Tratebas. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403492)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Plains

Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;