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We took this photo in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

In addition to the beautiful desert scenery Petrified Forest National Park also contains a rich collection of archaeological remains from many centuries of human occupation. Chief among these are the remarkable petroglyphs found in several parts of the park. These are figures carved into the dark "desert varnish" which covers the sandstone. The rock below is known as "Newspaper Rock" and is one of the best examples of petroglyphs found in the southwestern United States. The drawings were probably carved by the Anasazi.

The Puerco Indian Ruin was inhabited during the 1100's and again during the 1300's. It is one of more than 300 Indian ruins in the park. This area supported a small farming community of perhaps 60-75 inhabitants, possible due of its proximity to the then-flowing Puerco River. Below are the remains of a 76 room pueblo, some of whose buildings may have stood two stories high. These walls are formed by slabs of sandstone laid in adobe mortar. Interestingly, the ruin was first excavated by John Muir, more often known as a naturalist than an archaeologist, in 1905 and 1906.

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