" Rock Art of Kentucky is the first comprehensive documentation
of the fragile remnants of Kentucky's prehistoric Native American
rock art sites. Found in twenty-two of Kentucky's counties, these
sites pan a period of more than three thousand years. The most
frequent design elements in Kentucky rock art are engravings of the
footprints of birds, quadrupeds, and humans. Other design elements
include anthropomorphs, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and
abstract and geometric figures. Included in the book are stunning
illustrations of the sixty confirmed sites and ten destroyed or
questionable sites. In the thirty some years during which this
information was collected, there has been an alarming deterioration
of many of the sites. Ancient carvings have been destroyed by
graffiti or have lost extensive detail because of climatic or
environmental conditions, such as acid rain. Although all the
Kentucky sites are officially listed on the National register of
Historic Places, several no long exist or are at present
inaccessible. In addition to making data available for the first
time to the national and international archaeological community for
further comparative and interpretive studies, Rock Art of Kentucky
is also for nonspecialists interested in prehistoric Kentucky and
Native American studies.
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