Mosaic of Images
Whether pecked, incised, or painted, almost every recorded rock art figure type of the northwestern plains is found at Medicine Lodge. The diversity and quantity of figures make the site one of the major rock art localities in this region.
Interpreting Rock Art
Rock art means something different to each person who experiences it. Regardless of our interpretations, rock art stimulates our thoughts and imaginations, and expands our awareness of cultural expression.
Rock art sites are often revered as sacred and honored places by the people who created them, their descendants, And by others who have visited them. Remember to show respect for the site, its history, and the people who hold it sacred.
Who and When
Archeologists believe early hunter-gatherers who lived in this region during the Late Prehistoric Period-1,500
What appears to be a jumbled mess of figures is actually layers upon layers of individual petroglyphs pecked upon other images.
Thousands of rock art images are located along the sandstone cliffs.
Fully pecked figures, like this bighorn sheep, are believed to be the oldest petroglyphs at Medicine Lodge.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 44° 17.882′ N, 107° 32.537′ W. Marker is near Hyattville, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker is on Dry Medicine Lodge Creek, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hyattville WY 82428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. 10,000 Years of Occupation (a few steps from this marker).
Also see . . . Medicine Lodge Archeological Site. (Submitted on December 23, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.