Holy Ghost in Horseshoe Canyon



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Human presence in Horseshoe Canyon has been dated as far back as 7000-9000 B.C., when Paleo-Indians hunted large mammals such as Mastodons and Mammoths across the southwest.

Later inhabitants included the Desert Archaic culture, the Fremont culture, and Ancestral Pueblo People.

Occupation by the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloans was relatively brief; it is believed that the canyon was abandoned by Native American peoples by 1300 A.D.

The Great Gallery is one of largest and best preserved collections of Barrier Canyon Style rock art in the United States.

The gallery was a product of the Desert Archaic culture, a nomadic group of hunter-gatherers predating the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloans.

The panel itself measures about 200 feet (61 m) long and 15 feet (4.6 m) high. The panel contains about 20 life-sized anthropomorphic images, the largest of which measures over 7 feet (2.1 m) tall.

Reproductions showing the haunting beauty of the paintings are in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Denver Natural History Museum.
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Date Created 6/29/2009

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billfeely Over 1 year ago
Amazing pics - must have been an incredibly tough hike down The Deadman Trail to locate these !
billfeely Over 1 year ago
nice close ups of pictographs
PGRic Over 1 year ago
A truly wonderful synth - can’t believe it’s been done with just 27 photos.
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
I second PGRic -- this is an amazingly "economic" synth in terms of information delivered per photo. Great work!
billfeely Over 1 year ago
if you like, search for my other photosynth contribution under 'pictograph', title= Rochester Panel.
CharlPe Over 1 year ago
Definitely a nice synth! This comes from one of my favorite areas and the pictographs are certainly distinct from the pictographs one finds even 100 miles further south in Utah. Thanks for sharing this panel - it's beautiful!
sir_ivar Over 1 year ago
These pictographs are extremely similar to the petroglyphs at Alamo Mountain in Southern New Nexico. Definately tecolote-like stuff.

Thanks for sharing!
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