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Petroglyphs In Nevada Are The Oldest In North America
2013-08-14 04:56:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Petroglyphs cut into boulders in at the Winnemucca Lake site in western Nevada have been identified as the oldest known rock engravings in North America, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) report in a new study. High-tech analysis conducted by CU-Boulder adjunct curator of anthropology Larry Benson and his colleagues has revealed that the petroglyphs, which are cut into several boulders at a location...

2012-02-23 10:20:55

Researchers have discovered an extremely old anthropomorphic figure engraved in rock in Brazil, according to a report published Feb. 22 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The petroglyph, which dates to between 9,000 and 12,000 years old, is the oldest reliably dated instance of such rock art yet found in the Americas. Art from this time period in the New World is quite rare, so little is known about the diversity of symbolic thinking of the early American settlers. The authors of this...

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2010-06-30 05:45:00

Austrian and British researchers, who are working to understand ancient rock engravings from the Copper Age found in many hidden locations throughout Europe, said the displays may have been prehistoric man's primitive version of cinema. The visual displays indicate the artwork was more than simple images, the researchers from Cambridge University and Sankt Poelten's university of applied sciences (FH) in Austria believe. "The cliff engravings... in our opinion are not just pictures but are...

2009-01-12 13:11:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Noting that Pennsylvania's first farmers were Native Americans, the Historical and Museum Commission is saluting those pioneering agriculturalists with an interactive booth at this year's Farm Show. The commission's "Petroglyphs of Pennsylvania" exhibit, sponsored in conjunction with the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Pennsylvania Archaeological Council, and the state Department of Transportation, features Bob Winter's Native...

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2008-08-06 11:30:00

Most rock paintings and rock carvings or petroglyphs were created by ancient and prehistoric societies. Archaeologists have long used them to gain clues to the way of life of such peoples. Certain rock frescos ̢蠫 such as the renowned Lascaux and Chauvet cave paintings or the petroglyphs of Scandinavia and North America ̢蠫 have already yielded substantial information on our ancestors' daily lives. However, for other regions of the...

2008-07-05 06:00:12

By Mark Havnes, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 5--KANAB -- In the latest "National Treasure" flick, Ben Gates goes to Mount Rushmore in search of Aztec gold. In real life, Corey Shuman goes to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in search of the same thing. And he will be able to continue hunting there for Montezuma's rumored riches -- now that the state has abandoned plans to seal off White Mountain east of Kanab to such expeditions. The closure was part of a wider effort to...

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2008-04-20 12:00:00

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- Imagine the Greek goddess Medusa was real, not a myth, and that she visited an Arizona forest in the prehistoric past, turning many of the trees to stone with her magical gaze. That fantasy land wouldn't be much different from what you actually see in northeastern Arizona today. Petrified Forest National Park, about 100 miles east of Flagstaff off I-40, is centered around what is believed to be the world's largest concentrations of petrified wood,...

2007-09-05 13:15:28

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- They aren't certain, but underwater archaeologists say they may have discovered a boulder with a prehistoric carving in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The granite rock has markings that resemble a mastodon - an elephant-like creature that once inhabited parts of North America - with what could be a spear in its side, say divers who have seen it. They came across the boulder at a depth of about 40 feet while searching for shipwrecks in June, said Mark Holley, a...