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Hikers Mesmerized by Art on the Rocks!

November 30, 2016

Bundled against the cold, six TTN members enjoyed a hiking tour organized by Karen Lievense on the grounds of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project on Wednesday, November 30th. Met by the owner of the land and led by a very knowledgeable guide, the group saw the work of artists from three time periods: Archaic ( ancient hunter-gathers from thousands of years ago), Ancestral Pueblo (Native peoples 1300-1600 AD) and Historic (Spanish settlers beginning in 1600 AD). Animals, humans, plant life and symbols are the subject of the 55,000 rock carvings recorded so far out of an estimated total of 100,000 petroglyphs on the property, documenting 10,000 years of human use of Mesa Prieta. It looks like New Mexico has been a center of artistic expression for a very long time!