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Browsing items in: Left for Interpretation - Petroglyphs & Artifacts

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    • Pottery Piece

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • This pottery shard is from an everyday pot which was found in the pithouse at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center and was most likely used for cooking. The Hohokam developed red on buff pottery. The ceramic materials used to create the pots...
    • Mano

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Manos and metates are stone grinding tools. They were used to grind maize, beans, cotton seeds, and other wild grains and seeds.

      This mano was found at the Hedgpeth Hills. It was hand-shaped by a skilled craftsman with the use of a...
    • Linear, Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • This abstract petroglyph is sometimes interpreted as an entoptic image, or an image physically generated by the human optical system, often during altered states of consciousness or trance. Entoptic images were likely experienced in the context of...
    • Linear, Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • For contemporary Native peoples, some of the petroglyphs at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center relate to specific events and histories. For instance, Hopi traditions document the migration of clans, and some petroglyphs have been identified as clan...
    • Linear, Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Petroglyphs with linear designs, such as the one on this boulder, may represent local plants and animal footprints, or may even map out locations of water sources such as rivers or arroyos. Not only did the river beds supply water for plants,...
    • Interview with Wesley Lynn, Volunteer Docent

    • Lynn, Wesley
    • Rock Art -- Arizona; Sacred Sites; Petroglyphs
    • Volunteer Docent, Wesley Lynn, discusses which petroglyph at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is his favorite and why. Comments expressed are that of personal opinion and are not views necessarily shared or endorsed by the Deer Valley Rock Art...
    • Interview with Vivian Lynn, Volunteer Docent

    • Lynn, Vivian
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Volunteer Docent, Vivian Lynn, discusses which petroglyph at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is her favorite and why. Comments expressed are that of personal opinion and are not views necessarily shared or endorsed by the Deer Valley Rock Art...
    • Interview with Edwin Maslyn, Volunteer Docent

    • Maslyn, Edwin
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Volunteer Docent, Edwin Maslyn, discusses which petroglyph at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is his favorite and why. Comments expressed are that of personal opinion and are not views necessarily shared or endorsed by the Deer Valley Rock Art...
    • Interview with Dennis Eaglestone, Volunteer Docent

    • Eaglestone, Dennis
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Volunteer Docent, Dennis Eaglestone, discusses which petroglyph at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is his favorite and why. Comments expressed are that of personal opinion and are not views necessarily shared or endorsed by the Deer Valley Rock...
    • Interview with Chris Reed, Volunteer Docent

    • Reed, Chris
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Volunteer Docent, Chris Reed, discusses which petroglyph at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is his favorite and why. Comments expressed are that of personal opinion and are not views necessarily shared or endorsed by the Deer Valley Rock Art...
    • Human, Animal, Curvilinear, Linear, Rectilinear, and Other Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Petroglyphs that appear to have animal-like features have been interpreted to represent hunting in the area. Before Adobe Dam was built, Skunk Creek crossed the valley and met Hedgpeth Hills at the place where most petroglyphs are concentrated. ...
    • Human, Animal, Curvilinear, Linear, Rectilinear, and Other Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Rock art representative of the Hohokam includes elements of animal and human-like beings, scrolls, circles, and other geometric designs.

      Hohokam people adapted to the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert and the seasonal abundance of...
    • Human Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • This petroglyph depicts a human figure with hyper-extended fingers and toes, characteristic of Patayan-style rock art. Patayan people occupied a large area of Arizona west of the Agua Fria River, pass the Colorado River into eastern Nevada and...
    • Curvlinear,  Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • There are two main techniques for creating a petroglyph: direct percussion and indirect percussion.

      Direct percussion is when a hard rock is used to strike a softer rock surface. Petroglyphs made with direct percussion often have rough,...
    • Curvilinear, Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • These petroglyphs, in the shape of wavy lines, are symbols that elicit many interpretations and responses. Visitors at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center say they see snakes, rain, water ripples, heat vapors, and even a natural rhythm.
    • Curvilinear, Circles, Spirals, Linear, Rectilinear and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • The petroglyphs at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center face east, towards the rising sun. In the Southwest, petroglyphs sometimes mark the movement of the sun, constellations, planets, the moon, and other celestial bodies. However, no light patterns...
    • Curvilinear, Circles, Spirals, and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Petroglyphs are generally found in areas that show evidence of permanent and seasonal habitation, farming, travel, and subsistence activities. Rock art associated with the Hohokam is often found in habitation and agricultural areas near irrigation...
    • Curvilinear, Circles, Spirals, and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Petroglyphs that depict humans or spirit-beings suggest that rock art making may have been a part of religious practices. These practices can include rites of passage, weather influencing, curing illnesses, and ceremonial events. At the Deer...
    • Curvilinear and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • The rocks of Hedgpeth Hills were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. As lava cooled, it cracked into large boulders. This kind of volcanic rock is called andesitic basalt. In arid regions, a thin dark film called desert varnish...
    • Curvilinear and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Squiggly lines and spirals may relate to Mesoamerican representations of snakes, water, and the “feathered serpent deity,” Quetzalcoatl. While the place of origin of the Hohokam remains highly disputed, petroglyphs such as these may support...

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