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Description: People in Nevada have been making rock art for more than 10,000 years and some Native Americans continue to make it today. Over this long time span, rock art has been made by many different groups in many different ways and at many different places. Some rock art is pecked or carved on rock walls and boulders, while other images were painted in caves and other places. Rock art styles can be arranged on a continuum from abstract to representational. While the original meaning of the art has been lost in the mists of time, today people understand it in different ways. These include interpretations by descendant communities, archaeologists and other scientists, art historians, new age religionists, and the public.

Presenter information: Pat Barker earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1982 from the University of California, Riverside. Since 1986 he worked as an archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management and since 1988 was the lead archaeologist for the BLM Nevada State Office. Dr. Barker’s long-term archaeological interests in the Great Basin include prehistoric land management; fire and human ecology; political evolution, prehistoric sandals and other textiles; and prehistoric rock art. He is a Research Associate in Anthropology at the Nevada State Museum and at UC Davis. Dr. Barker is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation and of the Board of Directors of the Great Basin Anthropology Association. During the past 35 years Dr. Barker’s work in Great Basin and Mojave Desert archaeology has been published, used and recognized by others in the field.

Cost:  $8 for adults; free for museum members and ages 17 and under.

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05/24/2018 18:30:0005/24/2018 19:30:00America/Los_AngelesFrances Humphrey Lecture Series: Prehistoric Rock Art in Nevada by Pat BarkerReno, NV
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