White Rock Bluff site (23TX001)

A pictograph (painted rock art) site called White Rock Bluff has been known since the 1930s. The site is situated on private property and is not open to the public.


The largest pictograph in the panel, situated at the far right edge of the panel, shows a warrior/hunter figure holding a large dart in a threatening position. Scale is 5 cm in length.



Computer enhancement of the largest pictograph in the panel using DStretch technology. Scale is 5 cm in length.



Computer enhancement of the largest pictograph in the panel and pigment applied to the crack in the bedrock behind the figure; using DStretch technology. Scale is 5 cm in length.


Closeup of the warrior/hunter.



Dstretched Closeup of the warrior/hunter showing the segmented headdress and tanged dart.



Professor Fuller examines the sandstone cliff at White Rock Bluff. Most of the images are painted approximately 2 meters above the ground level.


The most vivid portion of the panel consists of four figures (all possiby hunters/warriors) and a abstract object that maybe symbolize a medicine bundle. Photographic scale is 50 cm.


Computer enhanced view of the panel using DStretch technology. Photograph scale is 50 cm.


View of the pictographs in the right side of the panel.


Computer enhanced view of the right side of the panel using DStretch technology. Stadia rod divided into 10 cm units.


Closeup of the computer enhanced view of the right side of the panel using DStretch technology. What is being held? My first impression is a shield, but could be a killed animal or a child. Stadia rod divided into 10 cm units.


View of the central portion of the pictograph panel. Stadia rod divided into 10 cm units.


Computer enhanced view of the central portion of the pictograph panel with 4 figures (left side) and 1 figure (right side) using DStretch technology. Stadia rod divided into 10 cm units.


Computer enhanced view of the central portion of the pictograph panel with 4 figures (left side) using DStretch technology. Stadia rod divided into 10 cm units.



The abstract design might be a styized medicine bundle. A prominent circle is painted beneath the abstract design. A broken dart is shown between the abstract design and the circle.



Dstretched enhancement of the abstract design might be a styized medicine bundle. A prominent circle is painted beneath the abstract design. A broken dart is shown between the abstract design and the circle.



The broken dart between the abstract design and prominent circle.



The broken dart between the abstract design and prominent circle.



Very indistinct panel of four figures.



Computer enhanced image using DStretch technology of the four figures and broken projectile.



Two figures plus the dog in the center of the panel. Scale is 5 cm.



Computer enhanced imge of two figures plus dog in the center of the panel are painted with one above the other using DStretch technology.



Two figures in the center of the panel are painted with one above the other. The top figure (pictured here) is a figure with upraised arms. Scale is 5 cm.



The bottom figure in the center of the panel appears to be threatening or ready to throw a dart using an atlatl. Scale is 5 cm.



Computer enhanced image using DStretch technology of the bottom figure in the center of the panel appears to be threatening or ready to throw a dart using an atlatl. Scale is 5 cm.



Non-threatening figure wearing a headdress. Scale is 5 cm.



Dstretched enchanged image of the non-threatening figure wearing a headdress. A faint image of a shield or displayed animal can be seen in the left hand of the vivid figure.



Painted design on the left side of the panel. One theory is that these represent bannerstones mounted on a horizontal staff. Scale is 5 cm.



Computer enhanced image of the painted design on the left side of the panel using the DStretch technology. One theory is that these represent bannerstones mounted on a horizontal staff.



Computer enhanced image of the painted design on the left side of the panel using the DStretch technology. One theory is that these represent bannerstones mounted on a horizontal staff.



Small figure on the far left side of the panel. Scale is 5 cm.


The White Rock Bluff site was reported to the Archaeological Survey of Missouri by Mr. Thomas R. Brown. A report on the site was prepared by Frank Magre that included the local tradition that the last Native Americans living in Texas County told the pioneers that the pictographs were ancient, before them. Magre noted that Gene Diesling visited the site several times between 1937 and 1939. This site is discussed by Carol Diaz-Granados (1993:514-5) and Diaz-Granados and Duncan (2000:127, Figure 5.43a). The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bibliography

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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