Rock-Art of the Southwest: A Visitor's Comanion
Rock-Art of the Southwest: A Visitor's Comanion, Welsh, Liz and Peter
2000, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, paper
167 pages, 79 b/w photos, 2 maps, index, appendices, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"

This extremely useful and important book provides the perfect introduction to rock-art in the American Southwest. Most importantly, this guide book prepares the visitor of rock-art sites better than any other rock-art guide book, and it is the information it provides is applicable to any rock-art sites in the world.

There are four broad sections to the book, each with 4-5 chapters. These sections are "Encountering Rock-Art", "understanding Rock-Art", Protecting Rock-Art", and "Selected Southwestern Rock-Art Sites".

Finally, there are a number of short chapters covering the topics of rock art organizations, special resources, and web sites on the world wide web devoted to rock-art.

From the book ...

In quiet alcoves on windswept ridges, or beneath soaring cliffs, rock-art captures our imagination. What was the purpose of these intriguing markings? Who created them -- and when? What do the designs signify?

Rock-Art of the Southwest: A Visitor's Companion guides you through the fascinating world of rock-art and shows you how to make our visits to rock-art sites more rewarding. You will discover how the designs were created and what is known about the people who made them.

A directory of 28 outstanding sites in seven states starts you on your journey. An informative resource guide directs you to Southwestern rock-art research centers and Web sites, as well as to national and international rock-art organizations.

Phoenix-based authors Liz and Peter Welsh share a passion for rock-art. Peter Welsh is a professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and is director of the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Liz Welsh, an art conservator and editor, wrote Easy Field Guide to Southwestern Petroglyphs.

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