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The Parowan Gap: Nature's Perfect Observatory


March 2, 2023

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Parowan Gap in Southwestern Utah is perhaps the most concentrated collection of ancient Native American petroglyphs in the west, with over 90 panels and 1500 figures. It is heavily visited and world famous for its many intriguing petroglyphs that until now have been an unsolved mystery. In 1993, noted archaeologist Garth Norman began the Parowan Gap Archaeology Project. His earth-shaking discoveries have challenged previously held ideas about the Fremont culture and way of life. Norman's breakthrough of how to read the code of the Gap rock art has enabled him to prove that the Fremont culture was far more sophisticated than was previously known and had distant trade contacts as far away as Mesoamerica. Among his most exciting discoveries is the sacred Mesoamerican calendar with in a Fremont lunar-solar calendar. Norman also discovered a massive world-class temple center and calendar observatory - and more! The book with its fascinating, cutting-edge study of the Parowan Gap is invaluable for anyone interested in North American archaeology.

Author Description

Bio 1 of 1: 'V. Garth Norman': Archaeologist/Epigrapher/Archaeoastonomer
V. Garth Norman has researched antiquities in Mesoamerica and Western North America for over 40 years. He began researching Utah rock art during archaeological surveys in 1977, after completing a 12-year pre-Mayan Izapa Sculpture study in southern Mexico for the New World Archaeological Foundation's Izapa Project in 1976. That work, along with his Astronomical Orientations of Izapa Sculpture thesis (1980), provided the foundation for exploring Utah rock art.
Norman discovered the first sun-oriented and shadow-calendar petroglyphs in Utah at three sites in the Book Cliffs and Uintah Basin, and reported at the Great Basin Conference in 1980 ("Identifying Solstice and Equinox Petroglyphs in Northeastern Utah and Their Cultural Relations"). Norman introduced his rock art solar calendar research method the same year to the Utah Rock Art Research Association with positive results. He researched and documented numerous other calendar petroglyph and observatory promontory sites across the Colorado Plateau over the next decade before starting the Parowan Gap project in 1993.
Norman has Graduate Degrees in Ancient Studies and in ArchaeologyAnthropology from Brigham Young University. He has traveled and researched widely and participated in numerous professional archaeological symposiums in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and more."

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