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URARA Presentation - Rock Art of the Greater Cedar Mesa Area

  • 17 Jun 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Zoom online presentation
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This month Roger Cook presents Rock Art of the Greater Cedar Mesa. Roger has had an avocational interest in rock art for many years. His first visit to Cedar Mesa was in 1988 when he was hooked by its labyrinth of canyons, stunning views and density of small cliff dwellings and rock art sites. He has been exploring Cedar Mesa and the surrounding area ever since, ever curious to see what is down the next canyon, around the next bend.  

Cedar Mesa is known as one of the central locations for the Basketmaker culture and in later years, the Pueblo cultures. Due to the high density of archaeological sites and cultural connections to current Pueblo tribes, Cedar Mesa was included in the Bears Ears National Monument created by President Obama. Most of Cedar Mesa was removed from monument status by President Trump but is currently being reviewed for reinstatement by the Biden administration. Hopefully, this talk will help more people see why this area needs more protection than it currently has. Roger's talk will give an overview of the various rock art styles from Cedar Mesa with a primary focus on the Basketmaker and Pueblo cultures.

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