February 18th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Petroglyphs

Today, we visited the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, which is run by the Arizona State University to protect some 1500 ancient petroglyphs that were etched into the basalt boulders in the Hedgepath Hills.

No one knows what the petroglyphs really mean. Is it a holy site, part of the spirituality of the ancient peoples of that era? Are they markings by nomad peoples, “hi, I was here” kind of messages? Were the drawings made by children, taking a break from their chores? Maybe they’re simply…short poems.

nose to nose deer
etched on the black rock
the peace before arrows