Black Canyon 3 - Hill 1

Southern Nevada Rock Art Sites

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Black Canyon 3 - Hill 1

 

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (PNWR) Black Canyon had a rich prehistoric past and is best known for its “Pahranagat Man”. There are approximately 26 sites in Lincoln County where these Pahranagat-style motifs occur and they appear to be confined to an area within a 15-mile radius of Ash Springs, which is just north of Alamo Nevada.

 

Hill 1:

We covered two hilltops and for our purposes I am calling them Hill 1 & 2. On top of our “Hill 1” there is a large village site measuring approximately 246’ x 311’ (for you purest 75 x 95 meters). It contains 23 rock features in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the circles are possibly the remnants of prehistoric house foundations; other circles and partial circles with stone floors are thought to be cache sites. Other rock features include linear rock alignments, possible hunting blinds, ceremonial shrines and/or prayer seats.

 

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