Always something going on here … Often speculative and just as often informed on topics related to Rock Art. …. Who left the Rock Art? What does it mean? How did they do that? Should I tell where I saw some? Can I take it home? … You get the ‘Picture’.
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!
Pictographs and Petroglyphs, Anthromorphs and Zoomorphs. Pecked, Painted, Scribed, or Brushed, this particular surface here on WordPress is designated to Rock Art. Ancient Rock Art. Especially that of our Ancestral Native Americans.
Here I will provide a plethora of information and personal insight from decades of research and up close encounters from throughout the Greater American Southwest landscape. This is where one can experience the vast canvas of Mesas, Mountains, Deserts, and Canyons and hopefully develop a shared appreciation for Ancient Graffiti.
To Tell or Not To Tell …
To divulge the closely held ‘secret’ locations of our Ancient Native American panels of Rock Art has always a been a sort of dividing line amongst those that seek out such knowledge for whatever personal reason. Whether it be a devout Archaeologist or just a novice Photographer I seriously doubt that even any degree between ether side of the spectrum lies in wait that dreaded Vandal.
I also understand mankind’s inherent greed and also occasional altered mental states brought about by various indulgences as demonstrated by those brought to justice for deeds against our Rock Art. Contrary though, the more knowledge that is shared, the more educated the masses become, and societal outlook on Artifacts and Archaeological Evidence molds to more natural moral respect. Additionally more observers equals a more varied interpretational base.