Landscape and Elements: A Comparison of Four Rock Art Sites in the Bennett Hills, Idaho

Author(s): Robyn Johnson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

A number of sizable rock art sites occur along the ephemeral drainages of the Bennett Hills located in the Snake River Plain of south central Idaho. The Bennett Hills are a range of tangled ridges, canyons and drainages that trend east-west for over 60 miles. This poster session will highlight four of those rock art sites (Thorn Creek, Grasshopper Cave, Hidden Sheep Watering Hole, and the Bathtub Site) recorded as part of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Challenge Cost Share Program (CCS). I will focus on the similarities of both the physical aspects of the landscape and specific rock art imagery. Illustrative photographs will highlight these landscapes (i.e., ephemeral springs with watering holes lined by basalt outcroppings and large boulders) and some of the similar rock art elements that occur at all of the designated sites. In addition, an Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) date was procured from a hunting blind feature at the Hidden Sheep Watering Hole site that provided a general age for the site’s occupancy.

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Landscape and Elements: A Comparison of Four Rock Art Sites in the Bennett Hills, Idaho. Robyn Johnson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450363)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 26319