To his list of memoirs on experiencing and hiking the Colorado Plateau, Craig Childs has now added a thoughtful, delightful book focusing on rock art. Researched and written during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau puts a human and familial spin on interpreting dozens of rock art panels. Most rock art or rock imagery books contain photos, minute descriptions of the rock art, and categorical placement of the images into a timeline from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to settled farmers who abandoned the Four Corners and the Plateau by 1300. Instead of classifying rock art, Craig Childs urges the reader to experience it at all times of day and in different seasons. He gives no locations.

He describes changing light patterns. He sits before panels for hours at a time and patiently waits as more details are revealed. This is a very personal, deeply intuitive...

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