Hohokam Petroglyph

298. Spiral

298. Spiral

This prehistoric rock art is one of many petroglyphs found on Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Petroglyphs are found throughout the American Southwest, wherever prehistoric people lived or journeyed. The carvings were chipped into the rock by the Hohokam peoples over 1,000 years ago.

It is unknown exactly what these carvings mean. They might have been of religious or ceremonial significance, or clan symbols, or decorative motifs. Or perhaps they are simply ancient graffiti.


10 Responses to “Hohokam Petroglyph”

  1. April 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    It’s impressive how you saw that the shape of the rock with the petroglyph was exactly reflected in the shape of the distant mountain. By choosing that angle, you’ve given the petroglyph a voice: the spiral speaks about the hidden heart of the mountains.

  2. 4 tmcchesney
    April 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    That looks so majestic against that backdrop! Really neat!

  3. 5 Danudin
    May 1, 2009 at 1:54 am

    That is a magnificent shot with outstanding composition and colour, If you want to see OLD rock art come to Australia, they have found cave paintings in the Northern Territory dating back over 28,000 years (Carbon Dated) you know when most of the Northern Hemmisphere was under 200 feet of glacial Ice.

  4. May 1, 2009 at 7:05 am

    You captured this so perfectly, with the focus exactly where you want it to be, on the petroglyph. I, too, love Bobbie’s remarks…

    I would love to know what it signifies……………….

  5. 8 Gandalf
    May 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

    The petroglyph is obviously a set instructions for filing tax returns. The shape of the rock symbolizes the mountains of frustation as filing day approaches. The mountain in the distance reflects the cold hearted taxing authorities. 🙂

  6. May 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I love the shot and can’t decide if Bobbie or Gandalf has the better interpretation. All your southwest shots are so fine, I envy your trip, even the rattlesnakes.

  7. May 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

    It means, “rattle snake area”. 🙂

    I have that shot too cropped slightly differently. I like yours as well.

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