Pueblo Native Americans have lived in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley for over 10,000 years. In this view within the Petroglyph National Monument is the Boca Negra Canyon section, with a petroglyph of a double cross. The Spanish worked on colonizing the area in the 17th century, but would eventually leave.
The Monument is estimated to have over 20,000 rock etched carvings in the ancient lava rocks. The actual meanings of the petroglyphs is not always certain. Sometimes images are identified based upon the whiteman's interpretations. It is not always appropriate to even reveal the meanings of the images.
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EstudioChispa (1890) 2013-10-21 14:14
You've created quite a feeling here, Ray -- the brown tones, the distant horizon, the deep shadows, and the mystical petroglyph, it might as well be another planet!
Also, I now have a new retort when anyone asks me what one of my fotos is supposed to "mean." I will try to find a tactful way to say, "Sometimes, it is not appropriate to reveal the meaning of this image!" :-)
Noel_Byrne (21434) 2013-10-23 4:56
Petroglyph is my new word of the day, a new one to me and I use the excuse that we have none in Ireland, hence why I never knew it. Glad to learn of it too, and its made the impact of your shot here a lot more powerful to know exactly what we are looking at. This engraving represents an intention to change a culture, and a failure to do so, while the symbol remains as a testament to trying. Interesting shot and note, thanks.
All the best