Meeting Time and Place

SNRAA meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month from 6:45-8:30 P.M. at the REI store in Boca Park,

710 S. Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89145. (702) 951-4488.

REI website: 



Judy Hilbish

Western Message Petroglyphs

Meeting Agenda for Monday, August 28, 2017

REI at 710 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145

6:45 to 7:00     Set-up, Sign in, business report, announcements

7:00 to 8:15: Guest Speakers: Judy Hilbish “Western Message Petroglyphs

8:15 to 8:30    Socializing. Leave building by 8:30.

SPEAKERs  2017

August 28

Judy Hilbish

“Western Message Petroglyphs”

September 25

David Valentine

“Rock Art in Western Idaho”

October 23

Rick Bury

“Ancient Chumash Astronomers’

November 27

Diane Winslow

“Parowan rock Art”

  No December meeting

Upcoming Events

        In eight western states there are over 30 panels of rock carvings that share the same symbols and style of presentation. The carvings occur on a variety of rocks ranging from sandstone to granite. Their location tends to be on prominent boulders, cliffs on mountainsides, or mesas overlooking current settlements or abandoned settlements from the 1800s. Rarely are they found on valley floors or along creeks. The variety of symbols used suggests modern manufacture. Many of the symbols can be identified as coming from cultures such as the Ojibwa and Plains Indians, Egyptian, Maya and Aztec, and even alchemy. The dates that some of these symbols appear in the literature help date the manufacture of these panels which correlates with the oral history that is available for a few of the sites.

        Retired physician Judy F. Hilbish has taken her analytic skills honed after three science degrees and twenty-six years of medical practice and her accumulated insight into human nature to tackle the mystery of the Western Message Petroglyphs (WMP). She traveled with Alvin McLane to some of the sites and with Terry Carter,, to the other sites of the WMP and participated in interviews with some of the discoverers of the sites. On-site study of 27 sites and exhaustive research over 20 years have gone into her book Stone Diary: Solving the Mystery of the Western Message Petroglyphs. She has given presentations at ARARA, URARA, and NRAF. Judy now spends her time looking for rumored sites in Nevada and researching the history of those places. (There is supposed to be a “lost” site nearby, possibly near Jean or in the southern end of the Spring Mountains.) When not working on the WMP she is exploring the possible connection between prehistoric textiles of the southwest and the “body” adornment of the figures as seen with D-Stretch in the Great Gallery of the Canyonlands in Utah. 

Western Message Petroglyphs