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Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region Paperback – May 1, 2013

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-A most welcome contribution…. The sound archaeological scholarship that accompanies these beautifully illustrated pages ensures this volume a place on the bookshelves of archaeologists, rock art researchers, as well as the interested public. --Polly Schaafsma - author of Indian Rock Art of the Southwest. ---- Adds a strong and, until now, largely missing element to the mosaic of works reporting, depicting, and analyzing the prehistoric rock art of North America…a rich and exhaustive source of pertinent information. --Harry Crosby - author of Cave Paintings of Baja California: Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People. --- Comprehensive in scope, cogently argued, lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented…an excellent introduction and overview to a wide range of data that will appeal to both professionals and avocational audiences. I recommend it without reservation. --John A. Hanson, PhD, retired Forest Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest-- --Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region - Back Cover

ROCK Art of the Grand Canyon Region unlocks the treasure chest that is Grand Canyon rock art with hundreds of exquisite photographs along with text that grounds the reader in the environmental, historical, stylistic, chronological, interpretive, and most importantly competent and accurate archaeological contexts of this magnificent art. The authors set the stage with four information-packed chapters on the Physical and Cultural Context of the art, the Research Design that has guided nearly three decades of research on the art and archaeology of this important region, the topic of How Old? the art may be (and the uncertainties of dating the rock art), and the knotty problems of Classification and Style, each chapter backed up with superb color photography to elucidate the discussion. This combination of high-quality photography and well written text continues into the heart of the book, with major sections on Archaic, Transitional, Ancestral Pueblo, and Protohistoric/Historic rock art, each section accompanied by a generous gallery of large-scale, full-color photographs. To these is added a section on historic inscriptions, in which the authors bring the rich historic heritage of the area to life without promoting a stampede of egocentric graffiti artists into the remote reaches of the regional ecosystem. Bits and pieces of the Grand Canyon rock art story have been floating around the rock art literature and popular books and guides for years, especially regarding the spectacular Archaic Esplanade Style of the western canyon, but this is the first comprehensive overview of the rock art as we know it today. The authors faced the unenviable task of serving several masters. Rock art researchers have a responsibility to present their findings in a manner accessible to the general public while remaining true to the archaeological profession. We must strive to protect the resource, yet educate the reader about the subject. The most obvious aspect of this book is the remarkable collection of color photographs with examples representing all the major styles, but it is not a guidebook for the site bagger, and provides no clues to site locations. There are no GPS coordinates in Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region, and sites are presented as examples of the art without specific site names, an approach that might be frustrating to some, but serves the all-important function of helping to preserve this remarkable art from the mindless vandalism and impacts of uncontrolled visitation that have marred many important sites in the greater Southwest....In a final chapter, the authors give us a look at the sad impacts, both deliberate and inadvertent, suffered by the rock art and point out the frustrations of land managers who have to navigate the Management Conundrum to balance land use demands, public access and recreation, and the ever-important conservation and preservation of archaeological resources, including the magnificent rock art. In the end, Rock art speaks across both time and culture. Rock art imagery holds more importance for us today than just merely its aesthetic value. In this sense the rock art is a shared cultural heritage. Many will want to learn about the rock art they may encounter in this grand natural landscape, while others may view it only from afar. The pages of this magnificent book give them the opportunity to do both, with scholarship, with style, and with those magnificent photographs. --Ken Hedges, La Pintura - Newsletter of ARARA

Comprehensive in scope, cogently argued, lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented…an excellent introduction and overview to a wide range of data that will appeal to both professionals and avocational audiences. I recommend it without reservation. --John A. Hanson, PhD, retired Forest Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest

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Authors Don D. Christensen, Jerry Dickey, and Steven M. Freers, along with their associates, have carefully and thoroughly recorded and documented nearly 450 rock art sites withing the Grand Canyon region, stretching south from the Arizona-Utah border to the Mogollon Rim.... Their work, presented here with over 425 photographs and 30 drawings, is a preliminary classification of this rock art within a chronological framework and associated cultural affiliations. These enigmatic images are placed within their environmental and archaeological context, essential in deriving potential clues as to their function and significance.

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  • Item Weight : 2.9 pounds
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0932653093
  • Product dimensions : 10 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Publisher : Sunbelt Publications; 1st edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: : English
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