Easter among Ancient Etchings!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2012


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Enchanted Trails RV Park
What I did
Petroglyph National Monument Albuquerque
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Sunday, April 8, 2012

  It was a beautiful day to wander and climb on the short trails of Boca Negra Canyon, part of Petroglyph National Monument, and to feel the thrill of seeing etchings in rocks that are between 700 and 3,000 years old! 

  The rock is part of a 17-mile long table of land west of the Rio Grande, which emerged about 150,000 years ago when lava flowed from a large crack in the Earth's crust.  Early peoples discovered that chipping away the thin desert varnish of the rocks' surface revealed a lighter gray beneath, and left a lasting mark.  (Although, I doubt they had any idea HOW lasting those marks would be!)  Archaeologists estimate that most of the images were made 400 to 700 years ago by ancestors of today's Native people.  Some images, however, may be as much as 2-3,000 years old.  Many appear to be images of birds native to Central America - indicating that the Native peoples were involved in an extensive cultural network.  Only the carvers know the petroglyphs' true meanings.  (Excerpts from National Park Service's "Petroglyph National Monument Guide and Map")

  As the Ancients did - I'll leave my pictures to do the talking!  Makes me wonder...will the pictures we take and post to the Internet today will have the lasting power of these carvings in the rock? 

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