This site was amazingly
hard to find and was also difficult to photograph.
were very high up on a cliff face more than 100 feet above the ground.
They were not visible from the bottom. We found them only after
climbing up to the base of the cliff and then by following a series
of narrow passageways through the rocks.
You may wonder
how the ancestral Pueblo people who created the rock art were ever
able to reach this particular spot. We were barely able to photograph
it standing several feet below.
of the Earthwatch team members, sketched the details of the panel.
Her drawing shows five forms that suggest human figures. The two
larger figures are each about three feet high. Their rectangular
shape, the broad shoulders, the wing-like arms, and antennae horns
are typical of a style that recurs throughout southeastern Utah.
Archaeologists associate this style with the earliest phases of
ancestral Pueblo culture. Human figures from later Pueblo culture
periods look very different, often depicted as stick figures or
slender lizard-like forms.
Two other figures
in the drawing appear to be playing flutes, and may be linked to
ceremonies of the flute society or flute clan, which are traditional
Courtesy of Kenneth Benson (top photo)
Courtesy of Geralynn Finn (bottom drawing)