Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region Paperback – May 1, 2013
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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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- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #623,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Could this book be used as a college text book for a class on Archaeology of the
Grand Canyon Region? Is this a book written for the layman? Is this book likely to be
purchased and read, cover to cover, by professional archaeologists, and then put on
the shelf as a future resource? There is no doubt in my mind, the answer to all these
questions is YES!
I particularly liked this book for two reasons. First the authors made no effort to explain
just what was going through the creator’s mind while petroglyph, pictograph, cupules,
were being made. Some authors offer their “expert opinion” as to what was going through
the head of the artist when each and every squiggle was made.. This is utter nonsense
. Second, and even more important, the authors put the prehistoric art work into cultural
and physical context. Color photos illustrate not only petroglyphs and pictographs but
arrowheads, baskets, pottery shards and other diagnostic tools as well.
However, this book is not a guidebook to rock art sites in the Grand Canyon Area. The
authors clearly state early in the Introduction: This is not a guidebook to rock art sites;
that would be inappropriate Instead, it is our intent to provided the reader with a more
informed understanding of the rock art produced in this region.” (page xix) Many of the
sites we have documented have unstable surfaces that are continuously impacted by natural
deterioration. Increased visitation to these sites would only serve to hasten their demise.”
(page xx) This is a concept that I can understand and appreciate. The fact that I will not be
able to visit these sites first hand makes this book all that much more important to me.
I have no problem in giving this very readable book a 5 star rating.
I would recommend this book to anyone, interested in Rock Art in General, and/or anyone interestedf in the various cultures who occuppied the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau
durikng the lasst 12,000 years.