Petroglyph National Monument (New Mexico)
by Gary A. David

Over 17,000 petroglyphs are located on the seventeen mile long escarpment of West Mesa near the western bank of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. Most of this rock art was pecked or incised into the basaltic boulders between 1300 and 1680 A.D. The figures include snakes, birds, star beings, shamans, clan markings, and other symbology both natural and spiritual .

Shamans or kachina dancers (left) and winged star being (right)

Pair of birds, wing fan, and four pointed star on upright slab

Shield bearer

Inside square: star and terraced icons meaning "land," "mountain," "cloud," or "house"

If you want to know more, consult the following books:

Polly Schaafsma, Rock Art in New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 1992.
David Grant Noble, Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide, Northland Publishing, Flagstaff, 1991.
James R. Cunkle, Talking Pots: Deciphering the Symbols of a Prehistoric People, Golden West Publishers, Phoenix, 1996.

Go to these web sites:
Collector's Guide Online: Petroglyph National Monument
National Park Service: Petroglyph National Monument

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
All photos and text on this page
Copyrighted 2000-2016 by Gary A. David. All rights reserved.

Any use of text or photographs without the author's permission is prohibited.

home  |  articles  |  biography  |  rock art  |  news  |  links  | videos  |  order