Rattlesnake Bluff (23FR95)

A pictograph site in Franklin County was photographed by Robert Elgin (member of the Missouri Archaeological Society) during the late 1950s. The site was recorded with the Archaeological Survey of Missouri during 1960 by Dale Henning. This site is very isolated and located on private land; it is not open to the public.


Neathery Fuller holds a meter stick below the "dancing warrior" pictograph in the shallow rockshelter. The pictograph panel 7 meters from Neathery to the right edge of the photograph.



Image of a dancing warrior at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff). Scale is 50 cm.



Closeup of the dancing warrior holding a shield and mace at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).



Dstretch image (filter yre) of the dancing warrior at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).



Closeup Dstretch image (filter crgb) of the dancing warrior at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).



Closeup Dstretch image (filter yre) of the shield carried by the dancing warrior at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site). The pattern of the shield was recognized by Diaz-Granados and Duncan (2000:Figure 5.13).



Snake pictograph painted in black pigment that is the namesake for 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).



DStretch (filter ybk) image of the snake pictograph at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site). The area directly above the snake pictograph contains two smaller, parallel snakes. This was not seen by Elgin, but was observed by Diaz-Granados and Duncan (2000:129).



Robert Elgin's sketch in inches of the snake pictograph at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).



Professor Michael Fuller making notes at 23FR95 (Rattlesnake Bluff site).


The Rattlesnake Site (23FR95) is discussed by Carol Diaz-Granados (1993:493 - 494) and Diaz-Granados and Duncan (2000).

Diaz-Granados, Carol
1993 The Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Missouri: A Distributional, Stylistic, Contextual, Functional and Temporal Analysis of the State's Rock Graphics. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Washington University , St. Louis, Missouri.

Diaz-Granados, Carol and James R. Duncan
2000 The Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Missouri. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

 



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