Four Cairn Site

The name of this site comes from the four sandstone cairns neatly stacked along the rear wall of the overhang. These manmade rock piles are similar to structures found in Grand Canyon caves where they are associated with split-twig figurines (the figurines are buried beneath the stacked rocks). In this case no split-twig figurines were observed. The line of white bighorn sheep on the back wall of the overhang is a dominant feature of the site.


Detail of a quadruped with horns identical to those of a pronghorn antelope.


Many of the pictographs at this site are abstract forms painted inside natural depressions in the ceiling. These finely painted anthropomorphs are the exception.

View of the Grand Canyon from inside the overhang. On the right are the anthropomorphs pictured above.

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