Ancient Rock Art, Utah (I)

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Closer view of the petroglyphs at the Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument in Utah, USA. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When I was writing about ancient artwork created on rocks, I remembered yet another site I was able to experience: The Newspaper Rock in Utah.

It’s a small, yet impressive, site featuring petroglyphs created up to 2,000 years ago by the first inhibitants of the area. As always, Wikipedia knows a bit more.

I cannot say exactly why I love watching ancient art, created many generations ago. I think it’s the realization that we are just a small (micro, really) piece in the long flow of time. It’s great to imagine our ancestors sitting here (or in Namibia and British Columbia) and express their thoughts and emotions using the tools available to them. It’s what we do today, with the tools available to us. It feels natural to me.

The high resolution image

Capture Date15-SEP-2003
LocationOff Hwy 211, UT
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 50mm f/1.4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3834 x 2503 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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