As mentioned previously here, there has always been a division on whether the specific locations of Rock Art Sites should be shared with the General Public.
There are those that believe that as individuals living in this country we should have the right to any and all information that Our Government and it’s workers (our friends and neighbors) have gathered for whatever purposes. It is important to share locational information in order to broaden the research base and educate the said General Public on the roots of societies as well as develope a common respect and reverance for Rock Art and Rock Art Sites. By being able to directly travel to a previously documented Site prevents needless crissrossing of sensitive environment where many Rock Art Sites exist.
And then there are those that prefer to keep all things secret when it comes to Rock Art site location. Let folks find it on their own, it’s better experience that way. If people find out about Rock Art, well, it’ll be ruined! Vandalized by people trying to take it home with them. And the more folks that know where a Rock Art Site is then the more distruction of the surrounding area with footprints and trails and noise and litter.
Either way, what do you think? Take a moment and share your position!
Some folks in various cities and towns throughout the American Southwest Freely Share location information on Rock Art Sites in their region. A recent stop at the John Wesley Powell River Museum and Visitor Center in Green River, Utah, I simply asked if there were any Rock Art Panels nearby where one could find and photograph any local Native American Pictographs and Petroglyphs and the attendant reached over and grabbed a large box filled with filed copies of rough maps showing specific intersections and even a few ‘X’ marks the spot indications. I was eager to compare notes and aquired several different rude renditions of surrounding canyon washes and rivers with cattle guards and points of interest also indicated along the routes.
On the other hand though, there are a few minds opposed to revealing any information at all. They have severe warning comments on their blogs and are quick to scold freely on other blogs while telling of an eroded environment due to the increased path wearers experiencing our hertigage in person.
I am still confident that Natural erosion and Time itself continue to deteriorate these relics of our past. It is imperative that all who care to, visit and experience the awe and reverance felt while standing in front of a Panel of Ancient Graffiti and trying to make out the various elements and determine if they make any sense as far as you yourself can tell. So follow the associated Guidelines and Ettique for visiting our Historical Rock Art Sites, and share what you seek and find.
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I have seen Pictographs in extremely out of the way places vandalized. Why someone would hike miles with a rattle can is beyond me. On the other hand There is an area along the Virgin River that people used to site in their rifles. Not one bullet hole on the petroglyphs. I believe the more people around the less likely they will be vandalized. People bent on doing it will find them anyway