Reading History: Palatki Rock Art Term Paper by Master Researcher

Reading History: Palatki Rock Art
A discussion on what the Palatki rock art teaches us about the history of the Sinagua culture.
# 33130 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2003 in Anthropology (North American) , Art (Other Mediums)

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This paper reviews the Palatki rock art found in Arizona and what it reveals about the Sinagua culture that created the pictographs. The paper describes how it not only depicts art from an unusually large number of cultures, but it is preserved remarkably well due to its location behind a natural stone barrier. The paper suggests that what the pictographs reveal most is the Sinagua culture's commitment to culture, social interaction, and commerce.

From the Paper:

"Palatki Rock Art is found on the red rock canyons in the vicinity of Sedona, Arizona. This example of rock art is the archaeological remnants of first nations cultures, such as the Apache, Yavapai, and perhaps most significantly, the Sinagua peoples. These cultures, having populated the Verde Valley for approximately the past six millennia, have left amble evidence and traces of their lives and cultures. Of these pieces of evidence, the rock art may perhaps form the most interesting and important discoveries for historians, artists, and archeologists who seek to better understand the ancient cultures which have inhabited the American Southwest. Certainly, this rock art has proved important for the local financial health of the area and the tourism industry, for many tourists and scholars arrive at the area each year to look at the historian monuments. What tourists and scholars find when they arrive is the art work and homes created by the Southern Sinagua culture. The Sinagua abided in what is now known as the Sedona area from about 650 A.D. to around 1300 A.D., leaving behind ample examples of their handiwork."

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