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Left for Interpretation - Petroglyphs & Artifacts
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    • Animal, Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • Animal, Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs
    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Petroglyphs, such as this one, are associated with design elements found in connection with the Archaic culture. The Archaic people were nomadic, and followed resources seasonally. They secured places along the river valleys where resources were...
    • Circles, Spirals and Complex Petroglyphs

    • Circles, Spirals and Complex Petroglyphs
    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Some petroglyphs at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center have been interpreted in relation to tribal histories of migration or travel, traditional stories, or as representations of important spirits, animals, and people.

      However, if people used...
    • Cobble Hammerstone

    • Cobble Hammerstone
    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • This cobble hammerstone may have been used as a striking stone to create and shape mano and metate blanks at Hedgpeth Hills. It may have also been used in petroglyph production. This particular cobble hammerstone appears to have a notch for the...
    • Complex Petroglyphs

    • Complex Petroglyphs
    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Some petroglyphs at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center have been interpreted in connection to sky watching. They might record specific events such as supernovas or the passing of comets. Ancient peoples were very aware of how the movement of stars...
    • Complex Petroglyphs

    • Complex Petroglyphs
    • Archaic, Hohokam, or Patayan
    • Rock art--Arizona; Sacred sites; Petroglyphs;
    • Abstract designs, such as those seen on this panel, occur in rock art throughout the world. While we may find similar images around the world, it is rare, if even possible, to find universal meanings. The peoples that produced rock art have done...
    • Curvilinear and Complex Petroglyphs

    • 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

    • 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...
    • Curvilinear, Circles, Spirals, and Complex Petroglyphs

    • 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

    • 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, Circles, Spirals, Linear, Rectilinear and Complex Petroglyphs

    • 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, Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • 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.
    • Curvlinear,  Linear and Rectilinear Petroglyphs

    • 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,...
    • Human Petroglyphs

    • 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...
    • Human, Animal, Curvilinear, Linear, Rectilinear, and Other Petroglyphs

    • 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

    • 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...
    • Interview with Chris Reed, Volunteer Docent

    • 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...
    • Interview with Dennis Eaglestone, Volunteer Docent

    • 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 Edwin Maslyn, Volunteer Docent

    • 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 Vivian Lynn, Volunteer Docent

    • 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 Wesley Lynn, Volunteer Docent

    • 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...

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