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700 Year Old Sedona Cliff Dwellings

This site is believed to be over 700 years old. Like many ruins in the Red Rocks of Sedona, it is built into a large natural enclave. This built-in security would have protected its inhabitants from many hazards, even keeping them dry in terrible storms. Today, that same protection helps to preserve this site from …

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The Spiral

One of the most common rock art motifs, found here and across the world, is the spiral. While it has long existed and spans many cultures and all continents (except Antarctica), there is much debate over the meaning of spiral imagery. Some interpret it to be a coiled snake or a whirlwind. Others say it …

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Flagstaff Hand Pictographs

Sinagua Hand Pictographs, Flagstaff

If you follow me on Social Media, these hand pictographs might look familiar to you. Not too long ago I shared a similar photo of a number of red hand graphs, but in Sedona (seen below). More than coincidence, these 2 sites are likely connected by the same tribe—the Sinagua. Different tribes often used different …

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Petroglyphs and Pictographs, What’s The Difference?

I’ve had a few people ask me what the difference is between a Petroglyph and a Pictograph, so I’ll explain that here (with pictures, yay!). Petroglyphs are carved into stone (picture left) while pictographs are painted onto it (picture right). Easy, right? But wait, there’s more! Glyphs are far more common than graphs. One obvious …

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Hohokam Serrated Arrowhead

This arrowhead is in great condition and still sharp. It is likely from the early Hohokam culture. The Hohokam were known to make very fine dart points with serrated edges, in addition to a thin design, which would increase lethality—these are major identifiers. Their weapon crafting was more sophisticated than surrounding tribes. ? *Special thanks …

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