By Alex Patterson
This is often the 1st in particular designed key to the translation of yank rock artwork. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between expert archaeologists and knowledgeable lay individuals in recent times, however the function and that means that the exciting symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even if the importance of the symbols seriously is not identified for convinced, expert guesses will be made. The "Field advisor" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols through over 100 archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and local American informants. meant for use within the box, in addition to a reference, the booklet encompasses a pictorial key before everything and is prepared by means of tentative that means or by way of description. The reader can simply locate the single or numerous of the five hundred illustrations that almost all heavily fit the emblem in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has incorporated an index by way of impartial archaeological description in addition to entire documentation of each excerpted remark. the variety of the ebook is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.
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Hocker or Receptive Female · Female anthropomorph with legs spread and bent at knees, often showing vulva Horns · Horns on the head of anthropomorph or zoomorph. Horsemen · Quadruped with anthropomorph on its back. Page 26 ASCRIBED MEANING SYMBOL DESCRIPTION Hourglass · Hourglass. Human Figure · Anthropomorph. Hunter's Disguise · Anthropomorph wearing animal head, usually carrying weapons near game animals. Hunting · Anthropomorphs with weapons near game animals which are often impaled. Irrigation · Complex designs with water and plant symbols.
Katcina-Planet or Star · Mask with star in the middle of face or stars as eyes. Page 27 ASCRIBED MEANING SYMBOL DESCRIPTION Katcina-Sayathlia, Tungwup, Hu, Hututu, or Whipper · Mask with two large horns, round eyes, and toothed mouth. · Anthropomorph with arm raised, holding stick or whip. Katcina-Shalako · Mask with large snout, horns and feathers. · Mask as above on top of extended body. Jimson Weed (see Datura or Jimson Weed) Kinship Lines (see also Power Lines) · Wavy lines connecting zoomorphs and other figures.
Female Figure (see also Vulva) · Anthropomorph with filled-in circles on both sides of head. · Anthropomorph with down-turned "U" or vulva shape between legs. Page 25 ASCRIBED MEANING SYMBOL DESCRIPTION Fish · Fish. Flute Player or Kokopelli · Anthropomorph in profile with line from mouth and arms holding this line, often with hump on back and ithyphallic. Footprints (see also Sandals) · Footprints of bare human foot. Four Circles (see also Warriors) · Four small circles, in a cross design; may be connected with lines or separated by stick cross.
A Field guide to rock art symbols of the greater Southwest by Alex Patterson