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Indian Rock Art Pictograph or Petroglyph?

Sunday, May 01, 2011

 Indian Rock Art Pictograph or Petroglyph? Picture
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Mojave Desert - Indian Rock Art - Petroglyphs
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 Indian Rock Art Pictograph or Petroglyph?

After visiting Indian rock art sites in both Anza Borrego and the Mojave recently, I had the chance to learn the difference between pictographs and petroglyphs. Both forms of Indian rock art convey their meaning through a pictorial resemblance to a physical object. The difference between the two is in the medium used to create them. A pictograph or pictogram, was created with the use of dyes which were painted onto their rock canvas. In the case of a petroglyph they were scratched or carved into the rocks surface.

This picture is of a petroglyph which represents a couple desert bighorn sheep. The majority of the rock art found in the Mojave is petroglyph based. In Borrego pictographs are the most common. It would be interesting to know if this is a difference of artistic style or simply a matter of the geology of the Mojave lending itself to carving of the rocks surface.

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