An amazing example of petroglyphs can be seen on the road into the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Wow! I have seen petroglyphs before but never so many in one spot. There are more than 650 drawings on Newspaper Rock at this state historical monument. The dark desert varnish provides a nice contrast to the messages carved into the stone.
The first carvings at this site have been determined to be 2,000 years old. People of the Archaic, Anasazi, Fremont, Navajo, Anglo, and Pueblo cultures have carved their messages into the rock over the years. Unfortunately, it looks like some more modern graffiti artists added to parts of the scene.
The meanings of the messages here have been difficult to figure out. Do they tell a story or are they merely scribbles? The Navajo refer to Newspaper Rock as Tse’ Hane – translated as “Rock that tells a story.” It does indeed appear to tell many stories. Only the people who made the carvings know exactly what those stories were.
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17 thoughts on “Newspaper Rock – Ancient Messages in Stone”
This is so cool. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Yes, it was VERY impressive!!!
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Thanks Janet. 🙂
Beautiful! 🙂 Looks like Australian aboriginal art!
Yes, they were gorgeous!
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Yes, it was!
How marvellous! Thanks for sharing this.
It was pretty cool! 😁
Wow! Such a shame if those stories are truly lost but they probably form part of the heritage of the Archaic, Anasazi, Fremont, Navajo, Anglo, and Pueblo people.
Yes, you’re probably right. I wish I knew what some of the stories were.
I love this rock. Saw it on our first vacation a long time ago. Planning a return to the desert southwest in the next year or two. Looking forward to your posts!
You know what a breathtaking sight that rock was. More SW desert photos to come…
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