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Rock Art Etiquette

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Offline RichardM

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Rock Art Etiquette
« on: September 13, 2006, 10:21:21 PM »
Compliments of Alpine Joe via the Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA)

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Rock Art Site Visitation Etiquette

Don't touch in any way the rock art or surfaces around it. The oils in your skin may cause damage to rock art. Don't apply any substance to the rock art surface, including water or any other fluids. Don't trace images with sticks, stones, chalk, or other substances.

Don't attempt to remove graffiti, chalking, lichen, bird droppings, or anything else from rock art.

Don't collect or disturb artifacts or features at a rock art site. It is acceptable to pick up surface artifacts, examine and enjoy them, or make sketches or take photos of them, as long as they're returned to the place where found, and no damage is done to the artifact.

Don't remove soil to expose subsurface rock art or archeology.

Minimize the number of vehicles going to a site. Stay on existing roads and trails. Do not "pioneer" vehicle trails or parking areas. Avoid disturbing rocks, vegetation, or macrobiotic soil crusts.

Don't camp or build fires within one-quarter mile of a rock art site, even if the landowner or public land manager permits camping.

Don't allow children, pets, or inattentive people to behave carelessly around rock art sites. Kicking up dust or dislodging rocks can cause damage to the site.

Speak out when needed to prevent damage to rock art. Report new rock art destruction, charcoal near the site, or site vandalism.

Please remember that living people may consider these sites sacred.

More or less the same thing from the Deer Valley Rock Art Center

And a few links:
American Rock Art Research Association
Rock Art Foundation
« Last Edit: December 11, 2007, 09:27:36 PM by RichardM »

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2006, 09:21:51 PM »
Don't forget, folks:  leave all pictographs & petroglyphs as you find them.  Even the use of a flash for photographs can cause pictograph pigments to fade.  It was very disheartening to see "new" petroglyphs on our recent trip out to the Bend, especially when done over old ones.  :cry:

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006, 07:32:57 AM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
Don't forget, folks:  leave all pictographs & petroglyphs as you find them.  Even the use of a flash for photographs can cause pictograph pigments to fade.  It was very disheartening to see "new" petroglyphs on our recent trip out to the Bend, especially when done over old ones.  :cry:


I agree, Richard. Tom Alex was telling us stories of how he had to go and wash red paint or some type of stain off of rock art at Indian Head. I'm sure that Tom can add to this thread, as he is the expert! :D

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BigBendHiker

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2006, 10:07:53 AM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "RichardM"
Don't forget, folks:  leave all pictographs & petroglyphs as you find them.  Even the use of a flash for photographs can cause pictograph pigments to fade.  It was very disheartening to see "new" petroglyphs on our recent trip out to the Bend, especially when done over old ones.  :cry:


I agree, Richard. Tom Alex was telling us stories of how he had to go and wash red paint or some type of stain off of rock art at Indian Head. I'm sure that Tom can add to this thread, as he is the expert! :D


Hi Chisos_Muse:
I recall seeing Tom's post regarding the red paint.  When I read that I had to stop and wonder "what in the world were they thinking??"  I mean...why go and put some sort of paint or stain on something that is thousands of years old? I makes no sense at all...

BBH

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2006, 09:36:11 AM »
And especially don't touch the rock art in front of the park archeologist  :oops:

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2006, 01:42:22 PM »
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And especially don't touch the rock art in front of the park archeologist  :oops:


Awwww! :(

You didn't know! Lots of people don't know.....That's why this thread is good! 8)

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2006, 07:59:16 PM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Casa Grande"
And especially don't touch the rock art in front of the park archeologist  :oops:


Awwww! :(

You didn't know! Lots of people don't know.....That's why this thread is good! 8)


Agree with that.  I would not have thought touching it was a problem either...this thread was helpful to me, for sure.


BBH

 


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