DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Petroglyphs of a row of figures holding hands, Canyonlands, Utah, USA. The figures appear to be wearing horned head-dresses and a big-horn sheep can be seen at the upper left. Archaeologists date rock art of this region into 2 periods, Archaic 6,000-1,000 BC, and Fremont 450-1,300 AD. These petroglyphs were 'pecked' with a sharp stone into the 'desert varnish' coating on the surface of the sandstone. Native American groups ascribe religious functions to some of the rock art panels and consider them to be sacred sites and may be interpreted as depictions of migration routes, fertility, hunting magic, ceremonies and cosmic events.
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