Native American rock art, petroglyphs, pictographs, geoglyphs
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NATIVE AMERICAN ROCK ART
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Background petroglyph, Three Rivers, New Mexico
There are three kinds of Native American rock art. All of them are shown in our Rock Art Gallery.
 the surface of a rock by pecking or scratching it. Old rock surfaces often have a patina called "desert varnish." The image appears when it is scratched off.
The age of petroglyphs can sometimes be estimated by how much desert varnish has regrown.
painted on the rock face. They rarely survive very long unless under an
are images on the land surface made by arranging rocks or soil, or by making cuts in the ground.
ROCK ART IS EASILY DAMAGED. DON'T TOUCH IT. NOT EVEN ONCE!
Petroglyphs
are images created by removing
Pictographs
are images drawn or
Geoglyphs
overhang or in a cave
protected from the
weather.
Geoglyphs made by removing rocks to make a clear pattern are also called intaglios.