Markings identified as Ogam, Baca County, CO.
Photograph: Peter Faris, Feb. 1996.
Awl sharpening grooves, Purgatory Canyon, Bent County,
Colorado. Photograph: Peter Faris, 9 July 1998.
"Music" close-up, Purgatoire Canyon, Bent County, CO.
Photograph: Peter Faris, June 1991.
Down in the Picketwire Canyonlands, south of La Junta, Colorado, there is a unique form of this tallyform type of petroglyph. Long horizontal lines on cliffs, with many fairly evenly spaced short vertical lines hanging down from them, and a dot on the end of the short vertical lines. Because of the vague resemblance of these to the notes in musical notation we always referred to these with the shorthand designation of "music", and some are impressively long stretching over 40 or 50 feet of cliff. These certainly look like monumental tallies of some sort.
"Music" , Purgatory Canyon, Bent County, CO.
Photograph: Peter Faris, 9 July 1998.