Online Rock Art Lectures
Previous ARARA online lectures can be viewed on our Youtube channel.
The term “Western Message Petroglyphs” (WMP) refers to a number of petroglyph sites found scattered among eight western states that are recognized by their shared image content and layout. The imagery is drawn largely from a mash-up of late historic Native American sign-gesture language and picture-writing traditions inter-mixed with pan-cultural imagery from around the world. An increasing number of sites that fit this mold have been identified over the past 67 years, currently numbering 38 in all.
Our ongoing research into these esoteric messages began in 2014 when challenged to take a serious look into these artifacts by our friend, Wyoming archaeologist, John Greer. We share our research findings to date, in which:
Leigh Marymor is the Compiler of Rock Art Studies: A Bibliographic Database which is a searchable bibliographic database of the World's rock art literature that contains more than 42,800 citations. Leigh is a Past President of the American Rock Art Research Association and co-founder of the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association.