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Barrier Canyon Style



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Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) is typified by armless/legless bodies that often feature bug-like eyes and/or antenna or seem to depict an ethereal appearance. BCS panels are almost always monochromatic pictographs, created with a dark red hematite- based pigment, however BCS imagery is found in petroglyph form at the Fremont Ridge site. BCS is believed to have been created between 2000 and 5000 years before present, though BCS artifacts have been dated by association to over 7000 years old. BCS likely informed the later Fremont stylizations and often it is difficult to distinguish between the two.

 Five examples of BCS in NW Colorado

(Clockwise from upper left) Typical “Carrot” shaped men at the National Register listed site; armless tapered bodies tower over zoomorphs at the Fremont Ridge site; BCS iconography underlays a large maize stalk at the Kokopelli site; a group of anthropomorphs in Canyon Pintado; and red and white BCS figures also in Canyon Pintado. Some images have been digitally altered to increase contrast for visibility here.

Last updated: 03-20-2014