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Interpretation

The interpretation of petroglyphs and pictographs is notoriously unreliable - just read some of the "interpretations" written in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We unconsciously project our own biases, neuroses and limited understanding of their meanings and uses onto them. While experts usually have more knowledge concerning the images and their contexts as used in rock art, this knowledge is subject to change without notice following new discoveries - and new discoveries happen almost daily. Short of asking their creators the meaning of the symbols used (an obvious impossibility) we can never know for certain what they actually mean or their true use. So don't let anyone's "interpretation" of these carvings (including - no, especially - mine!) stifle your own.



 
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