By Alex Patterson
This can be the 1st in particular designed key to the translation of yankee rock artwork. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between expert archaeologists and educated lay individuals lately, however the function and that means that the fascinating symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even if the importance of the symbols is not really identified for yes, informed guesses might be made. The "Field consultant" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols by way of over 100 archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and local American informants. meant for use within the box, in addition to a reference, the booklet features a pictorial key first and foremost and is prepared by way of tentative which means or via description. The reader can simply locate the only or a number of of the five hundred illustrations that almost all heavily fit the emblem in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has integrated an index by means of impartial archaeological description in addition to whole 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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Bow and hourglass. · Red hand. Two-Headed (see also Birthing) · Zoomorph with head at both ends. Venus (see Cross, Stars, and Quetzalcoatl) Vulva · Oval or triangle vertically bisected by line. Page 32 ASCRIBED MEANING SYMBOL DESCRIPTION Warriors (see also Combat and Four Circles) · Anthropomorphs with shields, weapons, and possibly helmets. Water (see also Friendship) · Horizontal wavy lines. · Inter- locking ''U"s or "C"s. · Spirals. Water Gourd · Round object, enclosed in a carrying net, often carried by anthropomorph.
We agree with the Zuni religious leaderthe rock art of the Southwest is important. We have a duty to preserve these intriguing symbols for future generations to see and ponder. Who knows what they say? We should encourage their study. With patient research, our grandchildren and their grandchildren may be able to read, understand, and profit by these messages from the ancients. We believe this is a worthwhile goal. How to Use the Field Guide The Field Guide is designed to permit the study of symbols at the rock art site.
Combat · Anthropomorphs displaying weapons toward each other. Comet · Circle(s) with rays and long tail. Concentric Circles · Concentric circles. Corn (see also Dots and Fish) · Vertical line bisected by many lines which may slant downward. · Oval bisected by vertical and horizontal lines; may have dots within these lines. · Anthropomorph with extended arms and legs. Coyote, Dog, or Wolf · Quadruped with small ears and tail, often near game animals. · Head of zoomorph with ears and long snout. Crane or Heron · Bird with long legs.