Eastern Nevada Rock Art Site
This page contains a discussion of the rock art found at an unidentified location in eastern Nevada. All photographs are from our our personal collection. If you'd like to see more rock art from this location, or if you'd like to see higher resolution or larger images, send us an e-mail message and we'll see what we can do.
Like the other Great Basin states, Nevada seems to have rock art scattered everywhere throughout the state. Over our time there we visited some sites, but didn't bother to take photographs. On other occasions I took photos, but forgot to write down where they were taken. Over time I've forgotten the location. But the rock art is still valid. Perhaps one day I'll locate the art work once again.
This set of petroglyphs is located somewhere in eastern Nevada, in the Ely area (possibly the Red Hills), but, for the life of me, I can't remember exactly where these were found. We were working with a local BLM archaeologist who took a group of us on a sightseeing trip to a wonderful location that had these examples scattered around on the ground. Most were on large flat stone outcrops that were parallel to the surface of the ground, instead of being on cliff faces. They were unusual, as well, because they were carved in this gray stone that had little desert varnish to act as a contrast.
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|EN001: It's hard to know what this figure might represent. It looks a bit like a map, or, just maybe, it's just and abstract image. Petroglyph.
|EN002: Another figure that is difficult to define. Petroglyph.
EN003: This first example was on a fairly large outcrop of what looks like a gray granite, an unusually hard rock for this type of primitive art work. As you can see, there appears to be several graphic stick figures, with round heads. It was hard to determine exactly what it is that the artists were trying to convey. Petroglyph.
|EN004: This small image appears to be of some sort of anthropomorph, with a cylindrical body, a round head, and raised arms. If so, this is an unusual representation, but the image could be almost anything, including just a graphic set of scribbles. The pen offers an indication of the scale of the object. Petroglyph.|
|EN005: This could be an atlatl, or, perhaps it represents a plant of some variety. Petroglyph.|
|EN006: This third image appears to be some sort of zoomorph, like a Desert Big Horn, but the spiral on what would be the back, and the circle near the posterior of the critter are puzzling. It could be just a collection of graphic images. Petroglyph.
|EN007: The figure on the left could be a spiral that has been shattered by someone with a sledge hammer. There is also a vertical mark to the right. Petroglyph.|
|EN008: This could be an anthropomorph stick figure, with a very long torso. The head and raised arms are to the upper left in this image. There may be other, lighter, markings along the torso which might indicate that this represents a plant of some variety.