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White River Narrows Archeological District
Amphitheater Site
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Amphitheater Site
Trailhead (view W)

Overview

The White River Narrows Archeological District is an area of outstanding rock art that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There on one major site (Amphitheater) and four minor sites (Calendar Fence, Martian Home, Cane Site A, and Ash Hill) in this area.

Amphitheater is the major site in this area and is composed of three well-marked panels and several ancillary petroglyph panels. The artwork here includes unvarnished carved stone and typical petroglyphs pecked into desert varnish. Unfortunately, the panels here have been badly marked by vandals.

The BLM and Lincoln County opened this area to the public. The BLM printed a single-sheet flier, and Lincoln County printed a 55-page brochure with information about the site (including GPS coordinates) as part of their Get Primitive tourism campaign. Download the brochure from Lincoln County or snatch a copy here.

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Trail End: Near Hwy 318 looking back at trailhead (view SE)

Location

The White River Narrows Archeological District is located about 131 miles north of Las Vegas along Highway 318. For location details and waypoints, see White River Narrows Archeological District Overview. When driving in from the pavement, Martian Home is about 1.5 miles out and the second site along White River Narrows Road. Stay off the unpaved road if it is muddy.

Link to Map.

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First Panel: Unvarnished Wall

The unvarnished wall is interesting because here the artists carved into the rock -- they had no varnish to peck off. The glyphs here are mostly abstract, but there is one nice footprint. This is also the only site here where petroglyphs are carved above eye level.

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Second Panel: Corn and Agave

This small panel is very curious. I'm no expert, but I know of no other corn stalks and agave motifs in this region. This panel also seems to be organized rather than the miss-mash of glyphs usually seen. Signed by Carl Williams on Sept. 18, 1926, I wonder if Mr. Williams did the artwork?

There are differences between the workmanship of the "glyphs" and the signature, so perhaps the corn and agave are real petroglyphs and represent the sharing of culture between people in this region and those in the 4-Corners area where such motifs are more common.

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Third Panel: Long Varnished Wall

This long panel includes representational and abstract glyphs. Be sure to look around the corner on the right.

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Fourth Panel: Short Varnished Wall

This short panel includes representational and abstract glyphs. Be sure to look around the corner on the right.

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Ancillary Sites

There are several minor sites along the cliffs farther to the northwest.

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End of the trail (view SE towards trailhead)
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Hikers returning past the main sites (view SE)

Other Images

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Large ant hill
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Large ant hill

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