Category Archives: Petroglyphs

Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

Mesa Prieta, meaning ‘dark mesa’, is a thirty-six square mile mesa extending twelve miles in a northeasterly direction.  Over 100,000 examples of rock images are estimated to exist on the mesa in addition to other archaeological features!

The east side is closely adjacent to the Rio Grande; the western side has large habitable and agricultural areas between the base of the mesa and the nearest drainage.

Ancestral Puebloan peoples were said to develop a style that is now known as Puebloan the Rio Grande Style.  Most Pueblo IV glyphs are believed by archaeologists to be related to some form of ritual or ceremony.

Mesa Prieta Facts

  • The largest numbers of petroglyphs on the site are from the Pueblo IV period, roughly 1300 A.D. to 1600 A.D.
  • Human figures carved into the stone appear as dancers, shamans, hunters, flute players, women giving birth and warrior.
  • Recent research has identified numerous sun calendars and solar markers among the rock images.

Adventures in Anthropology field trip to Mesa Prieta

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Petroglyph National Monument

Adventures in Anthropology joined Petroglyph National Monument October 22, 2016 for an informative free guided tour.

Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago!  These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

Petroglyphs Facts:

  • Developed and undeveloped trails combined contain 500 designs and symbols
  • 3 trails offer a diverse view of the cultural and natural landscape within the monument

Learn more:

Petroglyph National Monument at www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

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