Polly Schaafsma is a sought out world renowned expert on rock art. It is written from the perspective of the scholar. This 'survey' of rock art in the state of New Mexico, is just that, a survey, that was prepared for the State Planning Office of the State of New Mexico. It was not prepared for the 'tourist' visitor to New Mexico. Schaafsma, being an archaeologist, adheres to State and Federal laws, thus writing about the sites without disclosing their location. All of this is disclosed in the 'Introduction.' Schaafsma is a speaker at the Archaeological Institute of America International Federation of Rock Art Organizations being held in Albuquerque in May 2013. I am not only familiar with her scholarship, but her as a scholar, being the Librarian for the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As the intent of this book was not for general consumption but as a contribution to scholarship, the criticism launched by other reviewers here is unwarranted.
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