Petroglyphs – Valley of Fire

The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, which were formed from sand dunes during the Jurassic period. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire were the Anasazi who were farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley. The timespan of approximate occupation has been dated from 300 B.C. to 1150 A.D. Their visits probably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious ceremonies, although scarcity of water would have limited the length of their stay. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient peoples can be found at several sites within the park. The most numerous being along Petroglyph Trail, leading to Mouse Tank.

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Posted on April 24, 2008 on 8:41 pm | In Iconography | 1 Comment

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  1. I visit the other site quite often, and found your site, and decided to check it oout. Very good information, Thank You. In regards to the Anasazi, I noticed you have put out such as many archeologists have about them having a scarcity of water. Yet when I checked one of their sites out in New Mexico, close to Santa Fe, there was a river running just below in the valley, and I asked the ranger, and a local native if this river had been around when the Anasazi were there, and they had both said yes. So it seems to me, that not all their locations had a lack of water, in fact I believe they also had plentiful food, from what I seen of the area. So I believe they may have left for another reason.

    Comment by Bob137 — January 18, 2011 #

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