Fate Bell Shelter

Site: 41VV73 & 41VV74

Fate Bell Shelter is the largest rock shelter in the region and the focus of Seminole Canyon State Historical Park where tours are available on a scheduled basis. Excavations have exposed over 9000 years of occupational debris. The walls were once densely painted but only isolated panels resisted the effects of time and indiscriminant looting of the site before its acquisition by the state. The site contains some of the most intriguing Red Linear vignettes although the miniature art is overwhelmed by the monumental Pecos River style paintings on the rear walls and ceiling. The outstanding figures here are antlered winged shamans that combine attributes of earth and sky.

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