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Signs of Life: Rock Art of the Upper Rio Grande, Dennis Slifer
1998, Ancient City Press, paper and cloth
273 pages, 14 color and 65 b/w photos, 203 drawings, 4 maps, 6" x 9"
$20.00 (53% off original in-print price)

From the book:

Humans have inhabited the Southwest since the ancient time before the deserts existed, when the climate was wet and cooler. As the landscape changed, people and cultures evolved, and as they developed in the Rio Grande Valley, they left traces of their presence, signs of life, in their rock art. Ancient images on stone offer intriguing glimpses into the colorful tapestry of prehistoric cultures in the river valley, of the Upper Rio Grande, revealing much about their religion, beliefs, and creativity. Pictographs and petroglyphs assert, "We are the People - we were here, " and portray a deep connection between spirit, power, and place.

Over 200 photos and illustrations show images that have never before been pictured in print. Altogether, Signs of Life is the most complete compendium of rock art along the Rio Grande that has ever been published.

Dennis Slifer is a geologist with the New Mexico Environment Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An early interest in cave exploration in the Appalachians introduced him to the fascination of prehistoric archaeological sites and resulted in the publication The Caves of Maryland. Rock art of the Southwest has been a major focus since his days as a graduate student at the University of Colorado. With James Duffield, he is the author of Kokopelli: Fluteplayer Images in Rock Art.


Chapters include:

  1. The Land and the People
  2. The Rock Art
  3. Northern Sites
  4. Southern Sites
  5. Sites with Public Access
  6. Notes
  7. Bibliography
  8. Index


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