Are American Petroglyphs Being Destroyed?

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What Are Petroglyphs?

You can see petroglyphs and pictographs throughout the country but particularly in the Southwest. Petroglyphs are rock carvings, while pictographs are rock paintings. Both are ancient forms of communication between Native peoples.

Do People Still Make Petroglyphs?

Although it is much less common today because of the invention of verbal and written communication, some remote Natives still make petroglyphs to communicate with each other.

Which State Has the Most Petroglyphs?

Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. Located in Albuquerque, N.M., this monument features three hiking trails to three different locations of petroglyphs.

What Are the Oldest Petroglyphs in the United States?

More than 10,000 years ago, the indigenous people of Nevada carved drawings into limestone boulders northeast of Reno. Paleoclimatologist Larry Benson dated them in 2013.

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