Note the presentation on Rock Art Etiquette. I have observed several undesirable acts on field trips,
reviewed many pictures and feel that certain actions need to be corrected - by education.
www.exploringrockart.com and the Coalition to Preserve Rock Art believe that education of the public and
also the governing authorities, will aid in the Preservation of Rock Art.
That is our objective. Enthuse
interested parties and the public with the grandeur of Rock Art locations and the possibilities of preserving or protecting the sites. The people of the United States can accomplish a lot when they set their minds to it. If a sufficient amount of people become seriously involved (gain an appreciation) and put pressure on fellow citizens and on the government, we can save some of the sites presently endangered. Government projects (particularly Oil and Gas Drilling,
Water piping, etc.), industrial expansion, residential growth, and disrespectful citizens are the real problems to the Preservation Process. Let's convert those that we can from problems (enemies) to
A Conversation in late June 2010 in a Northern Arizona BLM Office (my comments in black):
Do you have any Native American Rock Art sites in the area?
Receptionist - Our Archaeologist does not talk about them.
What's the notebook on the table labeled Petroglyphs?
I don't know - and then she handed it to me - the notebook had a few
pictures of petroglyphs but more information about plants, geology, etc. And then a male archaeologist walked into the lobby.
You know there is an ongoing debate on whether more visitation or less visitation to Rock Art
sites is better?
We don't talk about Rock Art sites and anybody taking the position of
more visitation is just wanting to view the sites.
We recently had significant damage at a local site.
And was the damage at a private BLM site or a publicly known site?
Silence - Silence - Silence - And then a frustrated
silent walk away
The point that I get out of this conversation is that
some BLM officials don't care as much about
Rock Art as we do. There are many others that advocate preservation and we
should be in contact with them regularly to report and discuss site locations and to report
damage (feedback to the interested party, or the reporting part, should be a
necessity. I and others are very disappointed by the lack of feedback and
the noting of any positive action taken - prosecution, reprimand, signage, more
regular visitation by site stewards). However, a few are more interesting in upholding their
interpretation of "policy" whether it's right or wrong, and are not interested in getting the right people involved.
Also, there are generally no local Educational Programs regarding the correct
way to review a site (and the wrong way of handling a site visitation) sponsored by the BLM.
BLM needs a comprehensive, focused
program on Preservation with invitations to
the Public to regularly attend. The plan of hiding site information
from the public (some of the public does know the site locations), not divulging, does not always work
there is no alternative plan available. Our thoughts are expressed at Rock
Art Etiquette on this website.
In 2010, one day previous to the
above discussion, we visited a site at Cloride, Arizona advertised by a
billboard and with directions by the Cloride Chamber of Commerce and saw a site with no recent damage. There were many visitors (4
cars while we were there). So again the question - which provided better
preservation - more visitation or less visitation? We visited Cloride
again in December 2012 for better pictures and found no damage. Good job,
Public, keep it up, it is important.
The answer to the question of more or less visitation is not evident yet. Somebody knows about all the sites
(hiker, explorer, ATV'r, horseback rider, gps mapper, geo-caching participants, etc.
- I have seen all of these groups at Rock Art sites and you probably have also), we can only hope that
"the good guys" know about the sites. But observing the damage that we
know that's not true. More Education is needed and it doesn't seem to be
We have also visited many Arizona Rock Art sites which have
tremendous signage and sufficient warnings, mostly in Southern Arizona, so this is not knocking Arizona as a whole, just knocking closed mindedness. Many
in Arizona believe in, and are proponents of more Education. I wish more were.
Regarding Rock Art, BLM Archaeologist Sarah (Sally) Cunkelman is reported to have said "Ultimately these sites belong to the public, and protection of them is up to the American people."
And that's the reason for an organization like the Coalition to Preserve Rock Art and for www.exploringrockart.com to exist.
THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE
PRESERVATION OF ROCK ART. THE PRIMARY NEEDS ARE TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ROCK ART AND THEN TO EDUCATE ON THE WAYS TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION AND DAMAGE TO THE SITE.
THE PRIMARY TOOL TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IS THE
PRESERVE ROCK ART. A SECONDARY TOOL IS THE PRESERVATION INITIATIVE OF THE DIXIE ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY LOCATED IN ST. GEORGE, UTAH. IN ADDITION MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A SERIOUS AGENDA TO THE PRESERVATION PROCESS. URARA, THE UTAH ROCK ART RESEARCH ASSOCIATION, IS ONE OF THE MORE EFFECTIVE AND VERY FOCUSED ON THE IMPORTANT ISSUES.
THE COALITION TO PRESERVE ROCK ART REGULARLY GIVES PRESENTATIONS TO GROUPS INTERESTED IN THE ISSUES AND DISTRIBUTES INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY TO ASSIST IN THE EFFORT. THE COALITION ALSO IS CURRENTLY ADDING MEMBERS AND SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED, PLEASE SEE THE MEMBERSHIP FORMS SHOWN UNDER THE COALITION TO PRESERVE ROCK ART
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