A favorite question asked by some visitors is, “Who discovered the Petrified Forest?” This question is tricky. Of course, people have known about the Petrified Forest for over 13,000 years, so it was discovered by nomadic hunters and gatherers, possibly those of the Clovis Culture. Some of the visitors who asked the initial question, say, “No, who discovered Petrified Forest?” The first publication about this place was from the Whipple Expedition of 1853, in a book by artist/naturalist Balduin Möllhausen. Whatever the question, people have explored Petrified Forest for a very long time.
what make archeological and historic places interesting. Who were they, what
did they leave behind? Why did they go? Through examination of the physical
remnants of ancient walls, artifacts, traces of roads, and even symbols on rock
and paper help researchers pull together a story of the past. Petrified Forest
National Park has a remarkably diverse and long human history.
Timeline to come...
Did You Know?
Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.