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Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument,Monticello, UT

Monument featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument,Monticello, UT
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 10, 2017
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      Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is a Utah state monument featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs.[1] It is located in San Juan County, Utah, along Utah State Route 211, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Monticello and 53 miles (85 km) south of Moab.

      The first carvings at the Newspaper Rock site were made around 2,000 years ago, left by people from the Archaic, Anasazi, Fremont, Navajo, Anglo, and Pueblo cultures.[3]

      In Navajo, the rock is called "Tse' Hone'" which translates to a rock that tells a story.[3]

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      Closer view of the petroglyphs.

      Click on this one here ^ hosted on Wiki and then click again to really zoom in extra and study all you want close up.


      The petroglyphs were carved by Native Americans during both the prehistoric and historic periods. There are over 650 rock art designs. The drawings on the rock are of different animals, human figures, and symbols. These carvings include pictures of deer, buffalo, and pronghorn antelope. Some glyphs depict riders on horses, while other images depict past events like in a newspaper. While precisely dating the rock carvings has been difficult, repatination of surface minerals reveals their relative ages. The reason for the large concentration of the petroglyphs is unclear.

      The pictures at Newspaper Rock were inscribed into the dark coating on the rock, called desert varnish. Desert varnish is a blackish manganese-iron deposit that gradually forms on exposed sandstone cliff faces owing to the action of rainfall and bacteria. The ancient artists produced the many types of figures and patterns by carefully pecking the coated rock surfaces with sharpened tools to remove the desert varnish and expose the lighter rock beneath. The older figures are themselves becoming darker in color as new varnish slowly develops.[4]

      Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument - Wikipedia

      Far out! I just stumbled upon this while blindly following my GPS to the wrong portion of Canyonlands National Park.Was never so happy to drive so many miles the wrong way before.
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