Photograph of Colorado Mountain Range
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Mesa Autumn Wild Horses oil_rig_OG Boaters Photograph of Ruin
Colorado
BLM>Colorado>Field Offices>White River Field Office>WRFO Cultural Resources Home>Rock Art Style Guide
Print Page
BLM Colorado | WRFO Cultural Resources | Rock Art Style Guide

Rock Art Style Guide

The cultural resources found within the White River Field Office are unique in many ways, not the least of which is the wide diversity of stylizations found in the “rock art” in such a small area. We use the term “style” simply to delineate between the distinct patterns of design elements represented. A high density of variable styles can indicate a few things; perhaps each style represents an individual artist or group, or each style could be indicative of a specific period of time. Only by studying the motifs and elements of each panel both individually and collectively will we be able to tell with any degree of certainty what the abundance translates to. This guide serves as an incomplete compendium of some of the various styles recorded so far. Click a photos or category name to see more examples from the White River Field Office.


Barrier Canyon Style Carrot MenBarrier Canyon Style 

Archaic

 Ute rider on horseback

Ute

Late Formative to Historic

 

Prehistoric petroglyphs of raised-armed boRecurring Motif I

Formative


Fremont shield pictographClassic Vernal Style Fremont

Formative

 

Brand pictograph

EuroAmerican

Historic

 

 

Circle bodied anthropomorph with a large flintlockRecurring Motif II

Historic


Assortment of lines and irregular shapes

Abstract-Geometrics

Unknown

  

20th century representation of a horse

Modern

Late Historic