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Nat Canyon

The Nevada Rock Art Foundation announces the award of $5,500 to record the Nat Canyon petroglyph site in southern Nevada. The NARA Foundation awarded NRAF a matching-funds grant, yielding a potential of $11,000 to fund the project. The NARA Foundation has supported Nevada's rock art heritage by awarding matching grants to NRAF for recordation work at Crows Nest and Valley of Fire State Park (see Glyph Notes 14:1 and 15:1).

To date, we have received $4,300.00 in matching funds and pledges from our members for the Nat Canyon project. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to this matching-funds campaign!

Nat Canyon is a medium-to-large rock art site in southern Clark County on public lands. The site has not been formally recorded to contemporary professional archaeological standards and its cultural resource and spatial extent are poorly defined. NRAF has a long history of partnering with public land management agencies to assist them in ensuring the best outcome for cultural heritage preservation. NRAF will exhaustively record Nat Canyon through photo-documentation and geospatial data capture, but needs your help in raising the matching funds necessary. Please consider making a donation to help NRAF meet its match for this project.

NRAF proposes fieldwork in early 2017 dependent on weather, and then process data and update/create site records throughout the year, finalizing records by late 2017.

Is it Nat, Nap, or Knapp Canyon?? Jeanne Howerton reports that after the Mormon Fort in the area was abandoned in 1858, it sat empty until 1860 when William Knapp (pronounced 'nap') returned to open a trading post. There was mining in El Dorado Canyon and Knapp carried on trade with El Dorado and other settlements in the area. Hearing the name orally and not seeing it in print, Knapp Canyon morphed into Napp Canyon, then to Nap Canyon, and now Nat Canyon.

Stewardship of archaeological resources requires archival-standard documentation to ensure a future for the past. An intensive recordation of Nat Canyon in Clark County will contribute to the management of the area and build the archaeological record of Nevada. This information helps to preserve and protect archaeological resources, BUT intensive archaeological recordation takes time and money. Please join us in preserving the Nat Canyon Petroglyphs.

Last updated 3/09/2017.