National Monuments Under Threat

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Trying for some levity during this sh**-storm. I sincerely hoped Trump wouldn’t go through with it. I actually drew this cartoon a few days ago. No matter what, I stand with Bears Ears and all of the other National Monuments under threat.

For information on Trump’s move to shrink National Monuments, see:

Trump Shrinks Utah Monuments in Historic Move:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/04/politics/utah-monuments-trump-weir/index.html

Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/04/567803476/trump-dramatically-shrinks-2-utah-national-monuments

Rock Art Favorites: Dinosaur National Monument, CO, UT

Don’t let the word ‘Dinosaur’ fool you; at Dinosaur National Monument, there are hundreds of prehistoric rock art images that were created by the Fremont people. When I recently visited the Monument, I was absolutely amazed at how many different panels exist. There are pictographs (painted) and petroglyphs (chipped or carved) represented, although petroglyphs are the dominant form. The rock art images are in the ‘Classic Vernal Style,’ which includes human and animal-like figures. Many of the figures have a distinct trapezoidal shape and wear what looks like different types of jewelry and headdresses. For more information on the rock art and culture of the Fremont, see by blog post on this topic or visit the Dinosaur National Monument website. I highly recommend making the trip to this park for the rock art alone!  Please note, it is both unethical and illegal to touch or vandalize rock art.

Links:

https://www.nps.gov/dino/learn/historyculture/viewing-petroglyphs-and-pictographs.htm

 

Women in Archaeology Podcast: National Monuments – Episode 26

Check out all of our great podcasts on the Archaeology Podcast Network!  Just to warn you, our discussion on this one is pretty heated and political.

(June 11, 2017) On this episode, the hosts talk about President Trump’s Executive Order that reviews National Monuments, like Bears Ears National Monument. The hosts also give a brief history of the Antiquities Act to provide a background of the creation of National Monuments. With the review, who stands to gain and who stands to lose if certain monuments are deceased in size or eliminated altogether? Realistically, could the Exectutive Order change existing National Monuments?

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