Petroglyphs or plasmaglyphs carved into rock surfaces in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA.
Petroglyphs found in Capitol Reef National Park, in southern Utah, not far from the visitor center complex. These petroglyphs were created by the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan people, roughly 3,000 years ago. Human figures (anthropomorphs), deer or game animals, circles and other markings can be identified.
Capitol Reef Petroglyphs | Universities Space Research Association
Pictographs (painted on rock surfaces) and petroglyphs (carved or pecked into the rock surface) depict people, animals and other shapes and forms on rock surfaces. Anthropomorphic (human-like) figures usually have trapezoidal shaped bodies with arms, legs and fingers. The figures are often elaborately decorated with headdresses, ear bobs, necklaces, clothing items and facial expressions. A wide variety of zoomorphic (animal-like) figures include bighorn sheep, deer, dogs, birds, snakes and lizards. Abstract designs, geometric shapes and handprints are also common. Designs may have recorded religious or mythological events, migrations, hunting trips, resource locations, travel routes, celestial information and other important knowledge.
Fremont Culture | National Park Service
Rock art figures created by ancient Native Americans can be seen in several places in Capitol Reef National Park. Most are attributed to the Fremont Culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately AD 600 to 1300. The Fremont people were contemporaries of the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) of the Four Corners area...
The meaning of rock art is unknown. Artists may have recorded religious or mythological events, migrations, hunting trips, resource locations, travel routes, celestial information and other important knowledge. Many archeologists propose that rock art uses symbolic concepts that provide an observer with important information and that it was not simply artistic expression.
Capital Reef Petroglyphs | Utah.com