|Long before the coming of Euro-Americans, native inhabitants of what is now Kansas left their mark on the land: carvings in the soft orange and red sandstone of the states Smoky Hills. Though noted by early settlers, these carvings are little known—and, largely found on private property today, they are now rarely seen. In a series of photographs, the book Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills offers viewers a chance to read the story that these carvings tell of the region’s first people—and to appreciate an important feature of Kansas history and its landscape that is increasingly threatened by erosion and vandalism.|
Rex Buchanan, co-author of Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills, will present a program about the petroglyphs shown in the book on Saturday, February 22, 3:00 PM at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E Mill Street in Lindsborg. Rex is Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, and is currently the Director of the Consortium to Study Trends in Seismicity for the Kansas Geological Survey. He grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills.
In addition to Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills , Rex has also co-authored Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Land-marks , is editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils , and is co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Re-photography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991 . He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.