Sally Cole has been a leader of over 20 Earthwatch expeditions to
remote wilderness areas of southeastern Utah. She is a consulting
archaeologist and researcher with the Utah Museum of Natural History
in Salt Lake City. Her specialty is studying rock art.
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the transcript of the live interview with Sally Cole.
She is fascinated with rock art because it provides a connection
with ideas and images of the past. "It is one the best things
we have to be able to tell us about the history of the country and
of peoples whose cultures have disappeared or changed over time.
Rock art presents important links between ancient cultures and their
Ever since Cole can remember she has been intrigued by history.
She thinks that she inherited the passion from her parents. Growing
up in rural Tennessee, she can recall digging in the garden with
her mother, and her motherís excitement on finding Civil War musket
balls in the ground. Her mother had wanted to be an archaeologist.
Her parents also loved nature and they traveled to lots of different
places of historical importance.
Cole loves backpacking, the outdoors, photography, and the landscapes
of the Southwest. Researching rock art is a way that she can be
outside and do all the things she enjoys.
Cole has spent more than 25 years systematically documenting thousands
of rock-art images at sites in the Four Corners area of the United
States. With the help of Earthwatch teams she has been able to work
remote canyon areas where ancient rock art is threatened by increasing
vandalism and recreational use.
Cole received a B.A. in English and Philosophy, and an M.A. in
Anthropology (Archaeology) from Vermont College. She is author of
Legacy on Stone: Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners