2015 - our major planned trips will be to Idaho (We have a lot of potential sites to visit but need advice on prioritizing them), Wyoming (We probably have a full schedule of visits to smaller sites, but would like more large sites to visit), and Montana (Site visitations are about 1/day with a lot of driving between sites) - If you can help, please contact us and we will try to reciprocate.
Exploring Rock Art is a valuable resource for Archaeologists, Researchers, Photographers and those familiar with Rock Art sites in the Southwest. Use the Ebook as you plan your Rock Art visit to make you familiar with the site.
Exploring Rock Art is dedicated to preserving Native American Rock Writing (Petroglyphs and Pictographs). The sites are disappearing rapidly with natural degradation, residential and corporate development and expansion, plus intentional damage or destruction. And BLM states they cannot protect all the sites. The Rock Art belongs to the citizens of the United States. We do have the right to view the sites and an obligation to protect them. Leaving the site in the same or better condition (possibly picking up some trash) is important to the Native Americans and to preservation of the site. Accordingly more responsible visitation should be our goal.
Recording these sites is necessary for future generations to enjoy and study them. We try to preserve the site information through our Ebook Project and Photos.
Exploring Rock Art publishes a series of books titled "A Visitor's Guide to the Rock Art of Site Name".
The emphasis will be on the Rock Art of the Southwest United States.
Note the presentation on Rock Art Etiquette. I have observed several undesirable acts on field trips, reviewed many pictures and feel that certain actions need to be corrected - by education.
www.exploringrockart.com and the Coalition to Preserve Rock Art believe that education of the public and also the governing authorities, will aid in the Preservation of Rock Art.
That is our objective. Enthuse interested parties and the public with the grandeur of Rock Art locations and the possibilities of preserving or protecting the sites. BLM readily admits they cannot protect all the sites, and they should welcome the interest and involvement of responsible and concerned citizens. The people of the United States can accomplish a lot when they set their minds to it. If a sufficient amount of people become seriously involved (gain an appreciation) and put pressure on fellow citizens and on the government, we can save some of the sites presently endangered. Government projects (particularly Oil and Gas Drilling, Water piping, etc.), industrial expansion, residential growth, and disrespectful citizens are the real problems to the Preservation Process. Let's convert those that we can from problems (enemies) to assets (friends).
AWARENESS . EDUCATION . PRESERVATION
Native American or Indian - Rock Art or Rock Writing
Specific location information will only be given for those sites with public information already available - either by a government agency, in a book, or previously appearing on a website. Specific location information will not be given on sites that are relatively unexplored or if the information is not already in the public domain. We do intend to cooperate with validated researchers who are interesting in sharing information.
You can help us and you by joining the Coalition to Preserve Rock Art. Please get involved.
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