The Bighorn and Wind River basins of nort-central Wyoming and southern Montana have been home to Native American tribes for at least 11,000 years and contain some of the most diverse assemblages of hunter-gatherer rock art anywhere in the world. Most notable are the spectacular and surreal images of the Dinwoody tradition, but there is also a startling arreay of other forms, from shield-bearing warriors to animals, plants, and abstract images. Ancient Visions is the first book to fully consider and present this stunning body of art.
The authors also show how this ancient imagery can be integrated with the archaeological record. Modern advances in rock-art dating techniques allow them to begin the process of incorporating image styles with archaeological chronologies. The result is a new approach that offers a much different archaeological picture of the Bighorn and Wind River basins.
Julie E. Francis is an archaeologist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. She lives in Laramie.
Lawrence L. Loendorf is a professor of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, and owner of Loendorf and Associates. He lives in Albuquerque.