An adventure of my life time!

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Located about 25 miles southwest of Monticello, Utah, Newspaper Rock is a remarkable petroglyph site. This panel etched in sandstone records a couple of thousand years of early human activity.

No one really knows the true meaning of the figures on the rock. Do the figures represent storytelling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols or ancient graffiti? Without a true understanding of the petroglyphs, much is left for individual interpretation and imagination. In Navajo, the rock is called “Tse’ Hane’” –Rock that tells a story.

I am just happy to be there, to witness such history, in natural environment, with or without understanding the true meaning behind the figures. They seemed intriguing to me.

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Comments on: "197. Rock that Tells a Story" (2)

  1. Wow-that’s amazing!

    Native Americans didn’t start using horses until the Europeans brought them to the Americas, right? So the figure on horseback, at least, must be relatively recent.

    Are researchers able to tell the likely ages of the different entries on the rock—through forensics or otherwise?

    • The official info says: “Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. time to A.D. 1300. In historic times, Ute and Navajo people, as well as European Americans made their contributions.”
      I guess the horses were drawn by European Americans. 🙂

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