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Cowboy Cave, UT
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Cowboy Cave, UT 
Cowboy Cave, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2019
Steph_and_Blake
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Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.22 mph
      45 Mns Break
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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.

I guess I tend to think that the ancient peoples who lived in the Four Corners area 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 cowboy Lorin Wilson left more of a lasting impression than they did.

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

https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/ ... oeBook.pdf

https://collections.lib.utah.edu/detail ... owboy+cave

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