Second Journey into The Maze : Cowboy Cave

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Stephanie B

Steph and Blake
.
Joined
Dec 7, 2017
Messages
124
April 23, 2019

To quote Coulam and Schroedl, "Cowboy Cave, a stratified Archaic cave site in southeastern Utah, has been a cornerstone in defining the Archaic occupational chronology of the Colorado plateau." For me, I wasn't so much interested in visiting the site because of how it enabled archaeologists to "connect the dots" time-wise. Rather, I was more intrigued by the split-twig and clay figurines that were found there.

Replicas located in the Hans Flat Ranger Station :

P1040180.JPG


P1040181.JPG


I guess I tend to think that the ancient peoples who lived in the Four Corners were fully occupied with the necessities of daily life...Water, crops, hunting, shelter, health, etc. I don't think of them as having time to spare for non-essential items such as figurines. Whether these pieces were for religious or ceremonial purposes or were purely for play, we don't know for sure. But, for me, it's one more thing that makes me feel as if we're not so far apart. They had time to create and enjoy objects that weren't strictly utilitarian. I can relate to that!

Truth be told, Cowboy Cave (and the adjacent Walters Cave) doesn't offer much to see. The petroglyphs and pictographs are scant and faded and Lorin Wilson left more of a lasting impression than they did.

Faint picto :

P1040161.JPG


Indistinct petro :

P1040164.JPG


One of many of Lorin's signatures :

P1040168.JPG


We did count, though, four grinding stones and one sharpening stone in the caves :

P1040156.JPG


As well as a couple pieces of worked rock :

P1040174.JPG


Other than that it was left up to us to imagine how it was to live in the cave. It certainly offered a pleasant view :

P1040173.JPG


The following day would take us to The Maze proper!

If you're interested to learn more about Cowboy Cave you can check out the links below.

http://cdmbuntu.lib.utah.edu/utils/getfile/collection/USHSArchPub/id/5509/filename/5544.pdf

https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/upload/HorseshoeBook.pdf

https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=420891&q=cowboy+cave

http://www.jqjacobs.net/rock_art/barrier1.html
 

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

regehr

Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2012
Messages
916
There's apparently a decent dino trackway near cowboy cave, but I haven't had the opportunity to go look for it yet.
 

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top