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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.

Blue Diamond Hills 4

 

The Blue Diamond rock rings / circles cover a distance of approximately 3/4 of a mile and are laid out in a general N/E to a S/W direction. The rings are also located a short distance from an old Indian trail which was later used by the Spanish and other explorers traveling in the area. The rock rings range in size from about 2' to over 6' in diameter; most are circular, but some are U-shaped and a few are rectangular. Two of the rings have what appears to be a short rock-lined path leading to the opening in the circle. Also, several of the rock rings have a stone placed in the center of the ring.

 

Currently there are several different ideas on the original use for rock rings. One idea is that they were used for spiritual or ceremonial purposes; another idea which has photographic evidence was they were used as the base of a sleeping or living area.

 

Spiritual or ceremonial purposes - these are usually the completely enclosed circles or the ones with openings facing towards a particular direction such as the rising or setting sun, or a prominent feature on the landscape.

 

Sleeping circles - usually have an opening or a separation in the rocks at what would have been the front opening of the structure. The rocks of the circle provided a base to help hold a wikiup-type of structure in place. In the black-and-white drawing and the old photographs below you can see the rocks holding the base of the upright sticks.

 

The photos of the rock rings are grouped for easier viewing. Example: Rock Rings 1 – 5 or Rock Rings 7 – 8.

 

While hiking in an area west of Las Vegas Nevada, near the community of Blue Diamond we located habitat sites consisting of rock shelters and rock rings.

 

 

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