The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

North America

What is Hunter’s Mural?

Hunter’s Mural is a name given to petroglyphs located in Nine Mile Canyon in Utah. The petroglyphs are an example of rock art (in ancient Greek, petros means “rock” and glyph means “writing” or “drawing”) attributed to the Freemont culture of the American southwest. Hunter’s Mural depicts a bow hunter aiming his weapon at a flock of bighorn sheep. The Freemont used a unique method to create these rock 92 images. The canyon walls were naturally stained a dark brown by bacteria; the Freemont scraped this brown “varnish” away to reveal a lighter shade of rock underneath and form a picture. Petroglyphs similar to Hunter’s Mural can be found across the American West and Southwest; some American rock art is thought to date from as early as 7000 B.C.E.


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