The Sego Canyon rock paintings are new, perhaps painted only seven hundred years ago.
I’ve photographed them several times in morning and evening light. This image is my favorite:
Under a clear Utah sky the noontime sun is so strong it washes out all the color ~ sometimes you can’t see anything in the stone at all.
Other times I get enough of the right light and shadow to pull out shape and color. Red, yellow ochre and black.
These Sego Canyon figures seem familiar.
Their style and shape recall the 5,500 year old Barrier Canyon paintings — just a hundred miles distant. We don’t know who were the ancient Barrier Canyon peoples who created them. Each new discoverer saw something different and profound in the oldest images.
Dimensions: 20 inches wide x 30 inches high x 7 inches deep;
Material: wood, acrylic, digital photos, canvas, plexiglas (translucent over white wall)
Sego Canyon pictographs are probably about 700 years old. These paintings on desert stone are loosely (and incorrectly) characterized) as Anasazi. It is more likely that these were made by unknown tribe(s) after the Anasazi disappearance from the Colorado Plateau (circa 1100 – 1275 c.e.).
Significantly, the style of the Sego panels is clearly influenced by the 5,000 year old pictographs in Barrier Canyon — about 100 miles distant.