Petroglyph National Monument

Petroglyph National Monument, in Alburquerque NM, is a protected area connecting three canyons which contain ancient Native American rock art. In all there are at least 1,000 different figures which have been carved into large volcanic boulders. Most of them seem to date to 400-700 years ago, a few are more recent, and some might be as old as 3,000 years. They were made by the “Anasazi”, the people who preceded the Hopi. According to Hopi legend, the figures are as old as the world itself. Some of them still have symbolic meanings to the Hopi; some have been entirely lost.

The Monument is jointly managed by the US National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque.

Here are some photos from a visit.

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The park entrance

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One of the walkways within the park

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The glyphs are carved into these large basalt boulders

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Since this glyph depicts sheep, it must have been made in the 1600’s

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This carving of a mask takes advantage of the 3d effect from this rock edge

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Roadrunner

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A bird

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A deer

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These coils may represent millipedes, symbolizing “water”

 

 

 

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