Paxson Shearing Corral

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Quite a surprise.

When driving through the lava fields west of Fillmore, UT, one Saturday morning, the landscape views encouraged us to roll down the windows on the left side of the car even though the temperature was cool. Quickly one of the participants in the adventure yelled STOP, which is a magical word for us. The three of us (we visit sites in small groups believing that’s the best for preservation and continued enjoyment of the site by others) got out of the car, inspected the black rocks from a distance, then put on hiking shoes and gathered camera equipment.

A very nice experience awaited. Like many sites in central Utah, Paxson Shearing Corral contains a number of well preserved images, plus many more that are showing the degradation of sunlight, age, and wind. We did not observe any man made damage. There appears to be a lot of traffic to the site, but I will leave it to the reader to determine if they believe that a lot of traffic inhibits damage, or if they feel the site should be rarely visited and kept secret (although a lot of rarely visited sites suffer damage because scoundrels don’t feel they will be caught or interrupted). This preservation debate will continue to eternity.

I suspect that the Paxson Shearing Corral images are 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.

The most interesting feature of the site to me is that many multi-circular or concentric circle images are decorated with different designs – both internal to the circles and on the periphery. This seems to be unique since we have not observed this when we visited other sites in the general area.

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 “see all the sites” 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.

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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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