Knapp / Knat Canyon 8

knappcanyon8-004  In this part of Knapp / Knat Canyon we didn’t come across any more rock art, but we did find an area that may have been a “processing” place for animals or plants. We also found couple of rock alignments and rock rings.  The first thing that we came across was a small rock ring next to a large wash.  As the shadow indicates, the opening (lower right) is facing directly east. knappcanyon8-005 knappcanyon8-013  This “ring” / rock grouping is U-shaped with a tail (upper right). knappcanyon8-013b
knappcanyon8-016 knappcanyon8-060  The knoll I am standing on is located next to a wash and measures approximately 100’ long by 50’ wide.  I stumbled on it while walking the wash looking for rock rings and such.  When I started finding the artifacts, I assumed it was a manufacturing area, but I did not see any debris from the knapping or manufacturing process.  I also ruled out a milling area because I did not see any metates, manos, or grinding slicks.  My next guess -- it was possibly a processing area for animals or plants.  Obviously I’ll never know for sure because of not being able to check the area thoroughly.  All the artifacts at this site appeared to be large choppers or scrapers. knappcanyon8-036  This biface has had rough percussion work with little or no contouring. knappcanyon8-039
knappcanyon8-042 knappcanyon8-043  The arrows point to the flaked areas.  There are corresponding flaked areas on the opposite side. knappcanyon8-046  The arrows point to the flaked areas. knappcanyon8-058  This hand tool has alternating flakes along the bottom and left side.
knappcanyon8-063  A large scraper or chopper. knappcanyon8-065 knappcanyon8-066  The alternating flaking is very obvious in this photo. knappcanyon8-070  Heavy chopper.
knappcanyon8-073 knappcanyon8-075 knappcanyon8-079  This artifact appears to have a possible tang, but also has flaked surfaces going down the tang on the left side.  If it is a “tang” it would have been fixed to a handle made of wood or bone. knappcanyon8-076  The arrows point to the flaked or worked areas.
knappcanyon8-096  Possible chopper. knappcanyon8-099  This edge shows evidence of being worked, probably by percussion flaking. knappcanyon8-105  Possible large scraper and the arrows point to the worked edges. knappcanyon8-104
knappcanyon8-103 knappcanyon8-111  There is flaking along the top two edges as well as the bottom. knappcanyon8-114  This small scraper has textbook flaking (alternating back and forth) along the top edge. knappcanyon8-115  Arrows point to worked edge.
knappcanyon8-116 knappcanyon8-131  Another large scraper or chopper.  Arrows point to the worked edge. knappcanyon8-133 knappcanyon8-023  A local stopping by to chat.
knappcanyon8-052 knappcanyon8-083  A possible rock alignment. knappcanyon8-081  Center stone of the alignment. knappcanyon8-085
knappcanyon8-086 knappcanyon8-090  A cleared area or rock ring. knappcanyon8-093 knappcanyon8-122  A half ring with tail.
knappcanyon8-126  The arrows point to the “tail” of the half ring. knappcanyon8-127 knappcanyon8-129  If you look at the rocks to left of the bush, this may be a full ring with a bush in the center and not a half ring. knappcanyon8-138
knappcanyon8-142  Possible rock ring. knappcanyon8-144 knappcanyon8-145 knappcanyon8-150  Even though we are about 5-to-7 miles from the Colorado River, this is a similar marker / alignment that I have seen along the river.  It is usually on a low ridge and consists of a short and long axis.   Depending on how you look at it, the long axis either points up the ridgeline or across the ridgeline.
knappcanyon8-152 knappcanyon8-155 knappcanyon8-157  Another part of the same alignment. knappcanyon8-160
knappcanyon8-161  This rock grouping has four outer stones, like the points on a compass.  If you sight down two of the stones, it points just off to the right of a large butte about 10 to 15 miles away. knappcanyon8-166  Possible direction that the alignment is pointing.