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Dating Barrier Canyon Rock Art at the Great Gallery, Canyonlands National Park: Later Than We Thought and Implications for the Ancient History of Utah
Rock art compels interest from both researchers and a broader public, inspiring many hypotheses about its cultural origin and meaning, but it is notoriously difficult to date numerically. Barrier Canyon-style (BCS) pictographs of the Colorado Plateau are among the most debated examples; hypotheses about its age span the entire Holocene epoch and previous attempts at direct radiocarbon dating have failed. Results provide a maximum possible age, a minimum age, and an exposure time window for theView more
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