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PostPosted: Mar 04, 2013 03:23    Post subject: Petroglyphs  

I stumbled upon some petroglyphs while on a hike. I figured I'd share them with you on the forum (mineral art seemed like a fitting category). This is in the Imperial Wildlife Refuge at a spot that overlooks a lake and the Colorado River, La Paz County, AZ, USA. I'm guessing they were of Mojave origin, who knows how old. Maybe you can decipher them.


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2013 15:51    Post subject: Re: Petroglyphs  

There are many different tribes that lived in Colorado but I would guess, based on my research, this is from the Ute Indians since they are the only indigenous tribe of Colorado but I can't be sure someone else did not draw them. For the age of these I can not say. These are really cool and thanks for sharing them.
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PostPosted: Apr 09, 2013 03:30    Post subject: Re: Petroglyphs  

These appear rather similar to those at the Painted Rock State Park petroglyph site just north of highway 8 near Gila Bend (just west of). The attached photo is of an example of the "Gila Style" petroglyphs at the State Park, which is similar to what you have posted...at least to my eye (I am not an archeologist or anthropologist). Earlier "Western Archaic" style is also represented at the state park site.


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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2013 00:19    Post subject: Re: Petroglyphs  

So I think they are probably Quechan- In south AZ (near the Colorado River). Most of them look authentic to my eye because most have started to 're-patina' over the scratches.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2013 00:25    Post subject: Re: Petroglyphs  

Here's a cool site I found while trying to figure out what petroglyphs mean:
http://saber.net/bernal/petroglyphs/imgMap/petroMean.html
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I mean, a lot of them could just be doodles but some have a reason I'm sure.

Anyway thanks for checkin' em out.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2013 02:11    Post subject: Re: Petroglyphs  

benchambers wrote:
Here's a cool site I found while trying to figure out what petroglyphs mean:

I mean, a lot of them could just be doodles but some have a reason I'm sure.

Anyway thanks for checkin' em out.


I did a lot of field work documenting new or little known large petroglyph sites in the field in the Northern Territory of Australia in the 1970s under the guidance of Aboriginal law men (or Aboriginal men of high degree) in their 60s and 70s. Have also spent time with Indian people from over the south west. It was quite interesting the commonality of spiritual and ceremonial values and perspectives held between these two widely separated peoples. Hence I venture to suggest that the symbols and anthropomorphic figures with strong phallic features are reflecting matters of spiritual importance, probably connected to ceremonial activities and beliefs. I would not be surprised, as I found in the Australian context, that there would be two levels of interpretation of many of the figures. Eg what may look like a petroglyph of a sun mean something else only privy to the qualified members of the tribe, what may look like a reptile may be disguising a ceremonial object . So if you seek a specific interpretation, it may be lost in antiquity, in an Anthropologists’ field book or still guarded by Indian people.

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