Indian Rock ArtArkansas Archeological Survey director Dr. George Sabo will present a program on American Indian rock art at the December 3 meeting of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society.

Sabo’s program “Rock Art and Ancient Religion in the Central Arkansas River Valley”, will begin at 7 p.m. at Wesley Presbyterian Center on the University of Arkansas Monticello campus.

American Indian rock art — images painted or engraved onto natural rock surfaces — offers unique opportunities for study. Unlike portable objects, rock art remains fixed to the location of its production. Figural or “naturalistic” imagery also offers views of ancient worlds glimpsed through the eyes of the artist.

The distribution of rock art in the central Arkansas River valley also reveals an interesting thematic pattern that resonates elements of Southeastern Indian religious belief. This presentation will illustrate several examples of rock art imagery, examine the geographic contexts of distribution, and provide an interpretation of how Indians used rock art to create a pictorial cosmogram across their cultural landscape.

Dr. Sabo, the third director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, previously was the research archeologist at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. He earned his PhD. in anthropology at Michigan State University.

Sabo’s pre-Arkansas experience includes research on Baffin Island and work on historic an prehistoric sites in the Upper Great Lakes region of the United States.

For more information contact Jessica Howe at [email protected] or 870-460-1090.