Puerco River
 
In October 2018 (long after writing my book) I came across these petroglyps while photographing autumn trees along the Puerco River in northern Arizona. This section of the river crosses through Petrified Forest National park and the Painted Desert. I assume the rock art is affiliated with Puerco Pueblo, which is not too far away. If so, these petroglyphs were made by Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi people) sometime before A.D. 1350. Newspaper Rock, a large well-known petroglyph panel, is also in the area.


Petroglyphs along the Puerco River, nothern Arizona
Make of this what you will. I see an alien with a coyote and ball


Petroglyphs along the Puerco River, nothern Arizona
Birds, coyotes and humans, oh my!


Petroglyphs along the Puerco River, nothern Arizona
A closer look at the two birds in the previous photograph.
Images of deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes and humans are very common
at southwest rock art sites, but birds are fairly rare. Since these
Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs are along a river and the birds'
legs are very long I'm guessing they're Great Blue Herons.



Autumn trees along the Puerco River in northern Arizona
Just some nice autumn trees.
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