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Rock Art of Etna Cave, Nevada

  • Author(s): Hull, Kathleen L.;
  • et al.

Recent field and archival studies of the Etna Cave site (26LN111) in southeastern Nevada have documented the presence of heretofore undescribed rock art, including both pictographs and petroglyphs. Some of these images were previously documented in photographs from Samuel M. Wheeler’s original eldwork at the site in the 1930s, while others are newly discovered or rediscovered images. It is unclear why Wheeler failed to include a description of the pictographs and petroglyphs in his publications on Etna Cave, but the historical photographs con rm the ancient origins of the art and highlight the utility of historical museum records for new studies of even well­known sites.

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