"Three Rivers Petroglyph Site" Three Rivers by LadyXoc

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Prehistoric Rock Carvings (Petroglyphs)

The Three Rivers Petroglyphs are examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art. The pictures were made by scratching thru the patina to the lighter layer of the rock. Others were made by painstakingly pecking thru the patina. Two rocks were used like a hammer and a chisel to do this. many people believe that the pictures relate a story, an idea, or directions to travelers. The goggle-eyed being and horned being common to all Jornada Mogollon rock art sites is thought to be a version of Tlaloc the Mexican Rain God. Many people think there are similarities between these and Mesoamerican rock art. And still others disagree and say that the Jornada Mogollon rock art and religion developed independantly of the Mesoamerican.
In Mesoamerican rock art the circle and dot motiff is related to Quetzalcoatl. Some researchers think this petroglyph represents corn or a population count. Whatever it was, it's cool.

Petroglyph of Big Horn Sheep

This is the best known petroglyph at Three Rivers. It is a big horn sheep peirced by three arrows. It's body is filled with a Mimbres-style geometric design.

Prehistoric mugging victim???

I have visited this site twice on separate adventures. I would definately visit again. I learn something new every time.

  • Last visit to Three Rivers: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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