Rock Art in Arizona

Author(s): J. Homer Thiel

Year: 1995


In 1993, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks, funded a historic context statement and overview of the state's rock art sites. Desert Archaeology personnel searched through archives for site records, visited libraries to uncover rock art reports, and identified current research topics pertaining to the state's sites. This volume presents the findings of that study. More than 2,300 rock art sites were identified; however, site records were found to vary in quality, with recent records containing more complete data. The need for standardized site forms and rock art recording forms, as well as the need to establish a central repository for this data, became apparent. This volume also attempts to identify ail rock art styles found in the state. One problem that future researchers will need to address is the proliferation of style names. Measures to protect rock art sites from vandalism and looting are addressed. Public education, coupled with legislation at the state and federal levels, are two strategies to save rock art for future residents. National Register of Historic Places eligibility issues are discussed in detail. Listing on the National Register is one method for providing protection to rock art sites. Significant progress has been made in the field of rock art research in Arizona during the last 20 years, a trend that will continue in the future.

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Rock Art in Arizona, 6. J. Homer Thiel. 1995 ( tDAR id: 448071) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8448071

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -114.565; min lat: 31.429 ; max long: -108.984; max lat: 37.066 ;

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Contact(s): Desert Archaeology, Inc.

Contributor(s): J. Homer Thiel

Prepared By(s): Center for Desert Archaeology

Submitted To(s): Arizona State Parks

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Project Identification No.(s): 649286

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