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Lecture: There's rock art in Scandinavia?


February 02, 2011

How are humans, animals, weapons and ships depicted differently in Old and New World rock art? Evelyn Billo will discuss the fascinating differences between Scandinavian and Southwest rock art during a free lecture at 1 p.m., March 5, at ASU’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

The lecture, which will include stunning images of petroglyphs from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, is titled “Scandinavian Ships in Stone (and Similar Scintillating Scenes).”

Billo is the owner of Rupestrian CyberServices, a business specializing in rock art site documentation. She has photographed and studied indigenous carved and painted art for more than 30 years and has visited rock art sites in 25 countries.

She is a volunteer research associate in anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona, the vice president of the Northern Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and the immediate past president of the American Rock Art Research Association (ARARA).

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley.

Visitors hike a 1/4-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard.

The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – at ASU – and is a Phoenix Point of Pride.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information call (623) 582-8007 or visit http://dvrac.asu.edu/.