1The documentation of rock art sites has changed significantly in recent
years. Global Positioning Systems and digital photography are two changes but as with many new technologies
there have been spinoffs that are useful for recording rock art sites.
2With the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and other
federal laws, American Indians are guaranteed the right to visit their sacred sites. Significantly, during
consultation American Indians frequently ask to visit rock art sites.
3Rock art can provide archaeology with a rich source of ideographic, symbolic,
and ritual meaning. Sacred Sites Research frequently combines rock art locational information with
ethnographic and historical documents to offer explanations for the images at the sites.
Sacred Sites Research
SSR records North American Indian pictograph and petroglylph sites and conducts associated research at
traditional cultural properties such as vision quest areas, ceremonial caves, pigment sources, and ancient
trails. Seeking out sites on private lands in danger of being damaged or destroyed, we attempt to fully
document their significant characteristics and value for all. This effort is funded through grants, private
contributions, and the cooperation of private landowners, as well as from contractual grants with federal
agencies. Sacred Sites Research is particularly indebted to the numerous advocates and volunteers in this
effort to achieve the following objectives:
- Record, protect and preserve pictographs and petroglyphs at sacred sites that are important to American
Indian nations, their heritage and traditions
- Create a photographic record, artistic renderings, and written documentation for these sites that will
be available for use by all concerned, including the Native Americans, the public and private stewards,
the landowners and the developers
- Substantiate dates of the cultural context of a site, where possible, through scientific means and the
- Document through the use of the ethnographic record, and in consultation with American Indian
consultants, possible cultural identities, migration and timeliens
- Educate the public and land stewards to the significance of sacred sites and methods for their
protection and management
Why Hire SSR for Your Next Project?
Sacred Sites Research is North America’s premier rock art documentation company. Larry Loendorf. President of
Sacred Sites Research has over 50 years of experience at successfully recording rock art sites across the
western United States. Sacred Sites Research has recorded numerous large and complex sites at locations like
the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Fort Carson Colorado. We have also worked at small sites with only a
Project personnel include experienced and talented artists and photographers who document sites in a timely
and cost efficient manner. Sacred Sites Research maintains excellent working relationships with specialists
for tasks like three-dimension recording, pigment analyses using pXRF instruments, and rock art dating.
Sacred Sites Research is a non-profit (501c3) company.
Learn more about archeological practices at The Society for American
6220 Mojave Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Sacred Sites Research, Inc. (SSR) undertakes funded projects at competitive costs, but SSR primary personnel
do not receive salaries or compensation. Instead we use that money and the assistance of other volunteers to
record rock art sites where no funding is available.
Support the protection and preservation of rock art sites. Your tax deductible dollars will be used saving
rock art sites.