Devil's Kitchen or Pahvant Valley

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Another great surprise, our third major site of the day. After Paxson Shearing Corral, Round Tank, and The Great Stone Face, we now seek to find Pahvant Valley or Devilís Kitchen to finish the day.

We were on a circuitous route to Devilís Kitchen and began to wonder if we would ever find the site. Finally we passed a series of vertical cliffs (no Rock Art on these cliffs that we could find), but we suspected that we were close to the Pahvant Valley site. In another mile or two, we found a parking area and a fence apparently installed by the BLM. The three of us passed through the turnstyle and hiked up the hill where we found a very nice petroglyph site. The hillside, particularly the top layer of rocks and rock cliffs had enough petroglyphs so that we felt very comfortable calling it a day after we reviewed this site. But if you go, donít forget to visit the lower levels of rocks also.

We did not observe any man made damage. There appears to be a lot of foot traffic to the site, but I will leave it to the reader to determine if they believe that considerable traffic inhibits damage, or if they feel the site should be rarely visited and kept secret (even though a lot of rarely visited sites suffer damage because scoundrels donít feel they will be caught or interrupted). This preservation debate will continue to eternity.

The Devilís Kitchen images are probably a mixture of Archaic and Fremont drawings, but that is the opinion of an amateur, and you might judge the origin of the images differently.

Besides the many Archaic images, there are a couple of very interesting anthropomorphs that are probably infrequently visited and do not photograph well because of the material surface they are on, and the aging over time (wind, sun, probable animal rubbing, etc.).

We produced an ebook on the site since we enjoyed the visit and felt that others might enjoy the experience also.

The Ebook is designed to provide information to:

A researcher, photographer, artist, or writer who wants to preview the site before a planned visitation to examine the Rock Art to be seen and determine that the site fits the Research Plan and Objectives.

A student of either Archaeology or Anthropology who has specific interest in Rock Art.

Interested advocates who want to review the book prior to visitation to make sure the Rock Art at the site will be interesting to them.

If time is of essence, as on a vacation or a weekend, the more interesting sites can be visited, saving the other sites until later when more time might be available.

The Rock Art advocate whose objective is to ďsee all the sitesĒ can use the Ebook to allocate their time to the most interesting sites and to the most interesting areas of a particular site.

And finally, the visitor who does not photograph or who visited with a malfunctioning camera, can obtain a permanent record of the site for their use.

From my viewpoint, the Ebook serves as a personal recording (digital photo) of the site. This recording will likely outlast me and serves as a forum to discuss the site attributes with researchers, scholars, and interested Rock Art advocates who desire more information.

If you wish more information, review www.exploringrockart.com or contact us at exploringrockart@gmail.com.

 

 

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 interested in sharing information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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