McKee Springs Petroglyphs

August 26, 2014 at 9:28 am (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Photography) (, , , , )

McKee Springs - the most famous panel in Dinosaur National Monument

McKee Springs – the most famous panel in Dinosaur National Monument

After three months of looking at the replica of this famous Fremont culture petroglyph panel in the visitor center, I finally got to see it in person.  We can only make educated guesses as to what these figures represent.  Someone told me that this largest figure is of a woman.  If the figures are solid in color, they are male. This one is “hollow” and the three stripes on the bottom of the torso supposedly represent the number of children she had.  I am not sure if this is true, but it’s the only story I have.  These figures are done in the Classic Vernal Style representing a culture that ranged widely in the Southwest 800 to 1000 years ago.  They are likely ancestors of today’s Utes and other modern Native tribes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cub Creek Petroglyphs

May 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm (Dinosaur National Monument, fine art photography, National Parks, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

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Dinosaur National Monument doesn’t just have dinosaur bones.  It also has petroglyphs made by the Fremont people, who were a different sort than the Ancestral Puebloans of Mesa Verde where I worked three summers ago.  This series is found along the Cub Creek Road on the Utah side of the monument.  All are easily visible from the road or a short walk. Read the rest of this entry »

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