Arizona's Rock Art: Guide to Rock Art Sites Paperback – Illustrated, December 10, 2008
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- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143273329X
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432733292
- Publisher : Outskirts Press; Illustrated edition (December 10, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PROS: The book lists a lot of sites that are not mentioned or known by many people. The charts of rock art sites close to certain cities is helpful, but not that accurate, because some of the sites are not even close to the cities mentioned.
CONS: The directions to many of the sites are not specified or not specified clearly, but instead the reader is told to go to the BLM office or someplace else to get directions. Whitely's book for rock art in California and Stifler's Guide to Utah rock art sites are much better written and MORE ACCURATE books. Those sites where directions are given are sometimes very vague resulting in me doing a lot of internet research to find better directions. I have been to over a hundred rock art sites in the four corners area, and found it difficult at times to find the site using the information in this book, because the directions are so WEAK. Examples: the author admits that the roads to a site in the Gila river area have been changed since a dam was built years ago and then does not even do the research to update the directions to the site. The roads to Laws Spring are not the same as those listed in the book and the distance between two roads is not 5 miles as written, but 9 miles. There is just a little rock art at the spring, but there are many petroglyphs on the boulders that are about 100 yards above them and the author does not even mention this--it just looked like a good place to find them to me and there were many more here than around the springs. The directions to council rock pictographs had some wrong roads and turns. Millervile Petroglyphs were to be accessed by turning by power-lines, but the only problem is there were powerlines by every road, the distance given to the correct turn was wrong and I tried four of them before I found the right one. The locator map has sites shown in the wrong locations. There are also some very good sites that are not even mentioned in the book, Like "Red Tank Draw" and Pichacho mountains (over 4000 pets) sites.
This could have been a great book, BUT its true value is just to learn the name of some sites that you can use to do your own research to find out how to actually find the site and where the rock art is located.
This book gives a general idea the diversity of subject matters on Native American rock art throughout Arizona.