rockartoregon.blogspot.com is a component of To Become Visible. It aims to inspire respect rock art of Oregon, the Great Basin, and the Northwest. The project examines environmental, social, and political contexts and contemporary representations of rock art, petroglyph boulders, and related landscapes.
The Hole in the Ground petroglyphs occur, according to Luther Cressman (1937), “in an isolated spot … in the tortuous Owyhee Canyon.”
Hole in the Ground, as is true of most extensive sites in SE Oregon, is not a single site or discrete place, rather it extends with varying degrees of concentration along the river for a number of miles. Neither Cressman nor the Lorings (1983) visited the site. Both relied on photographs of earlier visitors to produce their published line drawings of some of the images at the locale with the densest and most diverse concentration. Cressman included an entire page of sketches and the Lorings illustrated thirteen panels.