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A New Playground To Explore
Snowcatcher and I just spent some time in the Green River, Utah region. Our travels took us to the Little Grand Canyon, the Wedge and Buckhorn Wash. These areas are relatively new for us, and we'll be back to explore some more. The second half of our trip took us to some of our favorite haunts around the Moab, Utah area. Today's blog post features one of the highlights of our time in Buckhorn Wash.
We saw a few faint petroglyphs along the Buckhorn Wash rock art panel. A petroglyph is a figure carved or pecked into the stone. The Buckhorn petroglyphs are estimated to be from the Fremont culture of 1,000 years ago.
A pictograph is painted on a rock surface. The Buckhorn Wash pictographs dominate the artwork found on the panel. They are more than 2,000 years old and were painted by artisans of the Barrier Canyon culture. The red pigment was created with powdered hematite and possibly mixed with other materials such as fat. It's not known if either of these cultures is related to the Ute, Piute, Navajo or Hopi tribes. Buckhorn Wash is part of the Old Santa Fe Trail and has seen many travelers over time. Because of this, some of the panel has been subjected to vandalism — which is very sad.
Thanks for visiting. More to come.