Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (PNWR) Black Canyon had a rich prehistoric past and is best known for its “Pahranagat Man”. There are approximately 26 sites in Lincoln County where these Pahranagat-style motifs occur and they appear to be confined to an area within a 15-mile radius of Ash Springs, which is just north of Alamo Nevada.
Info on rock art styles: The basic styles include: Pit and Groove, Abstract Curvilinear and Rectilinear, and Representational. Also included are the Virgin River Representational, Puebloan Painted, Great Basin Painted, and Scratched.
The Pahranagat style of rock art is a distinctive style of Representational rock art, and has two iconic anthropomorphic motifs. First is the solid body motif with hands at the end of down turned arms, straight stick like legs, and circular unpecked eyes. It also has a spike like structure coming off the top of its head. This style is often called a Pahranagat Man or P-Man for short.
The second style is a patterned-bodied motif. It has a rectangular shaped body with an interior design similar to a rug or tapestry. It often has fringe on the lower end with straight stick arms and legs. The shorthand term often applied to these patterned-bodied anthropomorphs is PBAs.