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“Rock Art Around The World” presentation at Morenci Community Library

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Dabous Giraffes is a neolithic petroglyph by an unknown artist. Completed sometime between 9000 BC and 5000 BC, the giraffe carvings were first documented by David Coulson in 1997 while on a photographic expedition at a site in Niger, Africa. [EAC - Contributed photo]

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Greenlee County lecture series will continue on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 6 p.m. in the Morenci Community Library with a free slideshow and lecture entitled “Rock Art Around the World.” This free, family-friendly lecture will be given by Harry Swanson, dean of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, and will provide over 100 virtual examples of petroglyphs and pictographs from cultures outside of the United States.

“Because we have so much rock art here in the Southwest, we tend to think of petroglyphs and pictographs as works of only ancient Native Americans, but these communication forms are really a world-wide phenomenon,” says Swanson. “It is my intention to show forms from Africa, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Pakistan, and elsewhere and then make assessments about similarities to the Southwest forms and meaning. Surprisingly, many of the intended meanings are the same around the world.”

For more information about this event contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.