Petroglyphs from Gillon Point, Agattu Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Dixie West, Debra G. Corbett and Christine Lefèvre


In 2002, biologists with the National Marine Fisheries Service recorded petroglyphs while counting sea lions at the rookery near Gillon Point on Agattu Island, Aleutian Islands. This is the first well-documented rock art in the Aleutian archipelago. The images, individually and in groups, appear to represent female genitalia, rectangles and straight lines, and an anthropomorphic figure. The Agattu petroglyphs either represent art that arose in situ or motifs imported from elsewhere. The engravings do not reveal evidence of contact with human groups living to the west or south.

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