Main Loop Trail Stop 20

Main Loop Trail Stop 20
Do you see the turkey petroglyph?

NPS Photo by Stella Carroll

The Ancestral Pueblo people are classified as prehistoric because they had no formal written language. Above the top row of viga holes there are many petroglyphs (designs or symbols carved into the rock). Some petroglyphs depict easily recognizable forms such as turkeys, dogs, and lightning. Others have less obvious meanings. Once considered rock “art,” it is becoming apparent these drawings had much deeper and specific meanings to the people who carved them.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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