Pahranagat Patterned Bodies and Big Horn Sheep

Author(s): Josephine McDonald

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Art of Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Lincoln County Rock Art Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Inventory Project in Nevada focused on the rock art from the Mount Irish, Shooting Gallery and Pahroc ACECs. All three of these areas form part of a distinctive style region within the Great Basin. This is defined by the presence of the Patterned Bodied and Solid Bodied Figures which were first identified by Heizer and Hester in the 1970s. These distinctive anthropomorphic forms are found within a larger assemblage which is dominated by bighorn sheep and geometric forms. The large dataset accumulated during the Lincoln County project mobilised significant legacy data as well as created an archaeological context for this important rock art province. Stylistic analyses conducted within the three ACECs has been augmented by the inclusion of several additional site complexes which also contain these distinctive motif forms. This paper discusses the chronological and spatial implications of these anthropomorphic motifs within the local region and Great Basin more generally.

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Pahranagat Patterned Bodies and Big Horn Sheep. Josephine McDonald. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452040)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23241