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"'Horned Snakes and Axle Grease' is a great companion for anyone planning a visit to Nine Mile Canyon.
World famous for the density, complexity and detail of its prehistoric rock art, Nine Mile Canyon is also one of the most beautiful canyons in the West Tavaputs Plateau of central Utah.
The best part is the road guide that intoduces 85 sites visible along the gravel road taht runs the length of the canyon.
Replete with photographs and drawings, mileage charts, UTM locations (for those with GPS's) ,
each site exemplifies some aspect of the geology, geography, history and prehistory of the canyon with a heavy emphasis on its prehistoric rock art. "
- Dr. Duncan Metcalfe, curator of anthropology, Utah Museum of Natural History
"This is not only the most exciting book about Utah archaeology in decades, it is also a wonderful story about the struggle to make a living in an extremely harsh climate. Freezing in the winter, blistering hot in the summer, short on water, Nine Mile Canyon seems the kind of place where the best anyone could do is survive. Yet ancient people not only survived there. They built homes and storage bins and apparently defensive structures that remain hundreds of years later. And they created a grand art gallery, many miles of fantastic and beautiful rock art dating back hundreds of years. Nine Mile Canyon is a testament to human creativity. 'Horned Snakes and Axle Grease' is worthy of its subject, a beautiful and creative work of art and history."
- Joe Bauman, author of 'Stone House Lands The San Rafael Reef', University of Utah Press, 1987
About the author ...
Jerry D. Spangler is an archaeologist and professional writer based in Salt Lake City. He has written several technical monographs on the prehistory of the northern Colorado Plateau, and is recognized as an expert on the prehistoric peoples of the Tavaputs Plateau. His wife, Donna, is an award-winning journalist in Salt Lake City.