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Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records approximately 2,000 years of early man’s activity. Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. time to A.D. 1300. In historic times, Utah and Navajo tribesmen, as well as Anglos, left their contributions.
There are no know methods of dating rock art. In interpreting the figures on the rock, scholars are undecided as to their meaning or have yet to decipher them. In Navajo, the rock is called ” Tse’ Hane’ ” (rock that tells a story).
Unfortunately, it is not known if the figures represent story telling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti or something else. Without a true understanding of the petroglyphs, much is left for individual admiration and interpretation.
Newspaper Rock is listed on the United States Register of National Historic Places and it was designated a state historical monument in 1961.
Symbols are universal throughout the ages and their stories are as lively as they were thousands of years ago.