New Mexico, Part III
This short blog comes from our visit to the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site on a very windy day. Between the wind and the midday sun, which isn't kind to photography, I went very light on the number of photographs I took...not to mention the numerous signs warning of rattlesnakes that made me keep my eye on the rock-covered ground since rocks are a rattlesnake's best friend. (Only friend?)
I've seen petroglyphs at other sites before, but what stands out about this particular location is how accessible they are and how many are around. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and they indicate on the website that this is one of the few southwestern sites set aside solely due to its abundant petroglyphs. And abundant they are with over 21,000 individual drawings. The people who created these are largely unknown to modern historians and created this art somewhere between 900 and 1400. What always interests me with ancient art is how very similar it is to art created today, which in turn will become ancient to a future population.