Southwest American Indian Ruins
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Petroglyph at Bandelier

View from the path to a nearby cave dwelling of a large pueblo with a circular plan. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

General View of an Animal Petroglyph
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

The Anasazi Indians decorated some of the rocks near their homes with rock carvings known as "petroglyphs".  The meaning of the designs is still a subject of speculation among historians, although they probably told some kind of story and were not merely decoration.  One source described this petroglyph as a macaw, a bird familiar to the Anasazi through their connections with Mesoamerica.  This writer saw something more along the lines of some kind of an animal like a dog or a horse.  Maybe you do too.  Photograph taken in 1991 by Howard J. Partridge.
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