Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art

Homolovi State Park

February 13, 2019   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Ancient Native American pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols cared or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves? Allen Dart illustrates southwestern rock art, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives.

Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since 1975. He is a state cultural resource specialist/archaeologist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and volunteer director of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center nonprofit organization, which he founded in 1993 to provide educational and scientific programs in archaeology, history, and cultures.

This presentation is made possible through a grant from Arizona Humanities.