My World: Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs at Puerco Pueblo, Petrified Forest National Park. June 13, 2011.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Betsy and I have often heard  others talk about petroglyphs, and when we visited the Petrified Forest National Park we were able to see some for ourselves.

Another boulder at Puerco Pueblo with petroglyphs. June 13, 2011.

The first set we saw was at Puerco Pueblo, an archeological site which was occupied between 1250 and 1400.  The petroglyphs were on the side of cliffs adjoining the village, although we were unable to view one set because the trail leading to the viewing platform was closed because of swarming bees.

The ruins of Puerco Pueblo. June 13, 2011.

The picture above shows some of the ruins of the village.

Newspaper Rock, Petrified Forest National Forest. June 13, 2011. (Photo by Betsy)

The second set of petroglyphs was at Newspaper Rock, shown above in a picture that Betsy took.  There are more than 650 petroglyphs on the cliff and on boulders that have tumbled from the cliff.

Because of defacement that has taken place in the past and unstable hillsides, visitors are restricted to a viewing platform at the top of the cliff.  There was quite a crowd on the platform, and it was very windy, but we did manage to see a few of the images.

Petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock. June 13, 2011.

The light wasn’t the best for the petroglyphs on this boulder, but they are on at least two of the sides.

Petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock. June 13, 2011.

The lower image on this boulder reminds me of how I feel after working all day in the garden.

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18 Responses to “My World: Petroglyphs”

  1. Sandra Says:

    a truly amazing trip you had, some of all different kinds of things. amazing to think about them building like that many years ago and drawing on the rocks

  2. diane Says:

    Wow! They are amazing. What an interesting site.

  3. Riet Says:

    That is so interesting. Great trip.

  4. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    These are so fascinating George…to see in person much be a magical experience.
    Surely the swarming bees (my cousins) were just admiring the area too. 🙂

  5. Rose Says:

    Wouldn’t you love to be able to roam at will at these places just to see what you could see. They really are interesting…

  6. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Very cool! And of course everyone needs to enlarge this to see the good detail! The next to last picture, oh my. The fine detail in that round spiral! Does anyone know what they mean??? Well, you and Betsy have outdone yourselves today. She has my favorite post of hers, and this is my favorite of yours ever! Well, maybe some of this flowers….but this is a mystery, and ancient.

  7. Rajesh Says:

    Wonderful shots of traces of ancient civilization. Their art work is beautiful.

  8. ewok1993 Says:

    fascinating. mind boggling at times when you really think about all these documentations left behind by earlier civilization. i really enjoyed the first image.

  9. Joyful Says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by petroglyphs. You have photographed them nicely. They record what was going on back in the day. It is amazing that mankind has always wanted to record what is happening around him or to him, isn’t it?

  10. Tricia Says:

    I had no idea it was even there… how cool & great history!!! =)

  11. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    Cute that they had tired gardeners too. Ha!
    I love finding petroglyphs. My hubby has drivin miles off the beaten path for me to see some.

  12. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    I love the petroglyphs, George, and your photos are terrific! I do love being able to see such wonderful history! What a fun trip you guys have had! Thank you for sharing it with us! Hope your week is going well!


  13. Colin (HB) Says:

    Hi George.
    Very interesting photos, similar to the Aboriginal rock carvings here in Australia, which are now classified as “sacred sights”, or as they say – “The Dreamtime era”!

    Surely Betsy doesn’t have you gardening until you look like the figure in the last photo?????? ha ha


  14. The Incredible Woody Says:

    Petroglyphs are amazing. While in Joshua Tree National Park, we saw some in a little cave-like indention in one of the rocks. As we were walking around and looking, another group of people came up. Instead of just looking, the started climbing all over the rocks and yes, not bothering to check to see if there footholds were in the middle of 1000 year old petroglyphs! Made me so angry to see people mar something that fragile – I did have to say just a little something to them before we left:)

  15. sartenada Says:

    This is awesome post George.

    I enjoyed every photo and took a look at them in bigger format.

    I would like to see them myself on the spot!!!

  16. Loren Says:

    Absolutely fascinating George! I cannot even imagine being there to see them! Just incredible! Can’t imagine being around swarming bees either….YIKES!!

    Great post and pics!

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  18. Rob Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was in the area in May 2011. I wish I had as much time to explore there as you did. Great pictures.

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