Archaeologist Edward J. Lenik, well known in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York for his books on the Ramapough Lenape Nation, is also a preeminent scholar on Native American rock art – petroglyphs and pictographs – of the Northeast. His fourth book on this topic is being published by the University of Alabama Press June 30, 2021.
This volume discusses 64 examples of rock art organizing them in chapters by the type of landscape in which they are found, coastal, riverine, lakeside, and interior uplands. Lenik also discusses how to tell authentic indigenous rock art from modern reproductions and graffiti. He ends the book with his current thinking on the significance of these images in the indigenous culture that produced them.
Lenik is a longtime resident of Wayne, NJ, and an emeritus member of the Wayne Historical Commission. He is the author of 14 books on indigenous and historical archaeology. His first book, Weekends in the Soil was published in 1977 by the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. His popular hiking guide, Iron Mine Trails, was published in 1996 by the NY NJ Trail Conference and is often found in hikers’ back pockets.
Rock art in an Indigenous Landscape may be purchased through the University of Alabama Press or ordered through local bookstores or Amazon or Barnes and Noble.