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What Are Petroglyphs?

Sunday, April 13, 2014 posted by Joan
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Petroglyphs (also called rock engravings) are created by removing part of the surface of a rock by caving, engraving,inscribing, or picking. Most petroglyphs are from prehistoric times and found all around the world. Petroglyphs mean “engraved stones” coming from the Greek words “petra” meaning “stone” and “glyphein” meaning “to carve”.

Rock carvings were made by prehistoric people on the stone walls of caves and canyons and on boulders.  In many cases that is all that remains of their culture.  The United States has ‘glyphs in most of its states, and you can find many sites in the western states of Arizona, New Mexico and California.

Some of the most famous petroglyph sites are in  the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico which features designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settles 400 to 700 years ago.  Other famous petroglyphs can be found in South America, Egypt and Israel.



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