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Monday, December 10, 2007

Petroglyphs in "McGee" Canyon

A small canyon at the end of Rattlesnake ridge in the Cook's mountain range contains several registered sites. Walking northwest to southeast into the canyon you pass by "Rock Shelter", "Bear Paw", and "Man Site". The head of the canyon junctions with Frying Pan Springs canyon. This is one of several areas in the Starvation Draw area north of Deming, NM that contain Mimbres petroglyphs.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

"lilo" Petroglyph or 19th century graffiti




There are at least 5 different lilo glyphs in the Cook's Peak area. The upper picture has a lilo at the top center of the picture. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.) The other glyphs on the rock date to the classic mimbres period. The bottom picture is on a rock near a canyon with mimbres glyphs and the 19th century Fort Cummings telegraph line laid during the Apache wars.

No, it's not last in last out. I thought it was a surveyors or troopers mark until the lilo on the top was found.

What do you think???

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Meso-american influence in Mimbres petroglyphs


Rain god or Tlaloc petroglyph near Cook's peak, New Mexico. The goggled-eyed figure, so prevalent in the rock art of the Jornada region, is depicted in abbreviated form at the Mimbres sites. His presence is signified by the eyes along or eyes attached to striking blanket motifs. This figure is believed to be a northern version of the Meso-american rain god, Tlaloc. [Schaafsma 1980:202-3]

Mimbres Petroglyphs Near Cook's Canyon


The chief deity of the great Toltec civilization of Mexico (A.D. 856-1250) was Quetzalcoatl, god of learning. The Hopi knew him as Palulukon or Water Serpent, and in Zuni mythology he was Kolowisi, the Great Horned Serpent, guardian of the springs and streams. This petroglyph near Cook's Peak, New Mexico is believed to be a northern variant of Quetzalcoatl. Note the parrot at the top of the picture. Parrots were raised in Casas Grande Mexico and traded to the Mimbres along the route to Chaco Canyon.

"Contrary to earlier estimates, it now appears that the first major growth of the Casas Grand system took place in about A.D. 1130-1150. So the demise of the Mimbres and the Chaco cultures coincided with the rise of the Casas Grande interation sphere." (LeBlanc, The Mimbres People, P161)