are found throughout the areas around Las Vegas Nevada. In all
directions, if you look in the right places, the markings of
prehistoric and historic people can be found.
In the Red Rock Canyon area a large number and variety of rock art can be found.
The Calico Basin/Red Springs area seems like a natural spot for people
to visit. The Red Springs comes directly out of the mountain and seems
to be very reliable. In this third consecutive drought year, the spring
is still flowing at about the same rate as in the past.
This spot is now basically devoid of game but in the past must have
attracted both seasonal other types of game which in turn would have
attracted hunters. The springs support a variety of plants over about a
five acre area and this too would possibly useful as a plant resource of
some kind. With disturbance and intrusion it might just be guessing as
to what type of plants were found here.
Whether or not the
remains found nearby or the attractive
environment are associated with these petroglyphs is not really knowable
unless we can find some obvious connection.
What this particular petroglyph is supposed to represent has been
speculated on by some. One interpretation is that this is '.. clearly a
depiction of a fringed blanket, robe or bag.' At a later point the word
'clearly' becomes the word 'possibly'. (1)
What does it look like to you?
What we can say about this image is that it is located about 70 meters
above the valley below, it faces E-SE, is uses a break in the rock to
demark a boundary, it was created using a hammer-stone and a pebble type
chisel, and it is not part of a 'panel'.
As for this being a blanket, there are a lot of things which this could
The other images in the area do not resemble this image except in the
approximately same degree or amount of re-patination over the incised
areas of the images.