Round Tank

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Now for the real search, and a difficult search as it turned out.

When driving through the lava fields west of Fillmore, UT, one Saturday morning, after finding Paxson Shearing Corral, we targeted Round Tank, a site in the lava fields that is not commonly reported on in the literature.

After a couple of failures, we located a hillside Rock Art site that could be termed Round Tank by those much more familiar with then area than we were. The site is really spread out with numerous boulders containing petroglyphs, and we will return one day to search the top of the hill in much more detail. The hilltop probably contains some very nice images that we did not find on this trip. But that’s one of the beauties of Rock Art exploration – visit again and find more panels or images.

There appears to be a lesser amount of traffic to the Round Tank site (as compared to Paxson Shearing Corral or Devil’s Kitchen), 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 (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 Round Tank 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.

Our next visit to Round Tank will allow us to develop a more complete feeling about the focus of the site.

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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