Through behavior, cognition, and sensory perceptions, indigenous people assigned meaning to the environment and transformed spaces into places. Geoglyphs, rock alignments, cairn complexes, and rock art are just a few of the features that give evidence of those who have gone before. These features and places have meaning and are not just separate manifestations of a prehistoric society but functioned within the framework of a cultural landscape.

Western Rock Art Research endeavors to assist in defining the cultural landscape. The emphasis of the research is to continue to document, record, and photograph sensitive archaeological and rock art sites to provide baseline monitoring information and inform management decisions.

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Our company has earned a reputation for non-impact visitation, and non-invasive, non-destructive recordation. Western Rock Art Research (WRAR) is dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and research of Indigenous and early historic rock art in the American West and throughout the world. Founded in 2006, the purpose of WRAR is to promote and facilitate the preservation and scientific research of prehistoric and historic rock art heritage resources. This mission is accomplished by:

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This research provides information that can directly inform management offices in developing appropriate management strategies for the identified sites by providing:

More specifically, Recordation methods include:

Extreme care is taken to ensure both the safety of team members and the protection and conservation of the natural and cultural values occurring at the site.

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All WRAR members are active in education and providing public lectures in efforts to promote respect and stewardship for our environmental and cultural history. As part of this outreach, WRAR distributes easy step-by-step documentation procedures for any interested site-steward.

Click here to view WRAR Methods Step-by-Step 2018 PDF document