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Easy Field Guide to Southwestern Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs are pecked or abraded marks that people have purposely made on rocks in the landscape - on boulders, cliff sides, and other stone outcrops.
"Petroglyph" comes from two Greek words;
petro means rock
glyph means carving or engraving
Other terms for petroglyphs are rock writing and rock art, but Native American petroglyphs cannot be "read" like words, and they probably weren't made just for their visual beauty.
In the Southwest, Native Americans from many different cultures have made petroglyphs, Their rock art can be seen in the deserts, plateau country, and mountains. And petroglyphs have been made for thousands of years, right up to the present.
For petroglyphs to last into the future, a respect for their importance and a commitment to their preservation is essential.
Booklet, c2008, 32 p. : ill ; 14 cm.