Below is a collection of rock art pictures and stories sent to Artsology from readers of our rock art coverage on the blog over the years. A few initial emails from readers almost 20 years ago made me aware of the fact that people were finding stone objects all over the country, and indeed around the world. Rather than repeat myself, you should read my detailed explanation here of how these rock art posts and features on Artsology have evolved over time. And now, I find myself getting emails and pictures from people on a weekly basis, the outpouring of interest and collectors out there has been quite amazing.
Please scroll down to find an extended gallery of images of rock art, which will continue to grow as people continue to send me their pictures. If you'd like to share your own pictures and stories, you can email me here, but please know, I get so many emails now that it might be some time before I can reply or post your pictures. And I feel like I need to post a disclaimer here: as I tell everyone, I am not a rock art expert myself, and I am not in a position to provide any scholarly assessment, but hope that if someone with credentials or expertise happens upon these galleries, that they will reach out and share their knowledge so that we can all learn more. Another important part of my general disclaimer: my posting of these pictures below does not serve as either an endorsement or any disagreement with what people are sending me; I just want to share these things to bring awareness and initiate a conversation about these objects. Sometimes people will send me pictures where I can see the face effigies, animals, and other imagery exactly as they describe it, and other times I can't see anything specific and wonder what it is they're seeing ... but I've learned over the past 20 years that there's plenty of people who can see and respond to shapes and forms that others can't see, so rather than start any sort of debate, I'm just going to share what is being sent to me and let the opinions go where they may.
A profile view of a portable rock art face effigy. The eye socket might be a natural-forming shape, but do you agree that the sharp, perpendicular straight lines that help suggest the edge of the nose down to the mouth would indicate a human hand at play here, carving these edges to complete the illusion of a face in profile?
Click on any of the images or text links below to see more pictures and read about each of these collections of portable rock art found by people in various locations.
If you have rock art that you would like to share, you can send your stories and pictures here.