University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Anthony L. Peratt

Astronomical Petroglyphs

Searching For Rock Art Evidence for an Ancient Super Aurora

By: Marinus Anthony Van Der Sluijs and Anthony L. Peratt

For tens of thousands of years, humans have expressed themselves artistically on their surroundings—painting, etching, carving, and molding designs, decorations, and imagery on surfaces ranging from portable, often hand-held objects (such as animal bone and stone) to more stationary features of the landscape, such as scattered rocks, caves, and cliffs. The most famous early examples […]


Stickman

Excerpt from Astronomical Petroglyphs

By: Marinus Anthony Van Der Sluijs and Anthony L. Peratt

The so-called “Stickman” is the world’s most prevalent petroglyph. Found everywhere, the stickman can be carved as a stick-like figure with a head, two arms stretched out and up, and two legs stretched out and down. The figure is distinguished by a male anatomy. The stickman has several variations: with a belly, “an inner tube” […]