While looking for a new place to explore, I stumbled upon Washington State Park in De Soto, Missouri. They have petroglyphs! Cool! I have been taking an archeology class and learning a lot about our local Native American populations. The petroglyphs are believed to date around 1000 AD.
The photo above shows the Thunderbird with the sun to the left of it’s head. The thunderbird was an often recurring theme in Native American tradition.
The images above show oval indentations in the rock. These carvings are believed to be eggs, a sign of fertility. The image on the left has a spiral in the top/center, thought to be a snake, also representative of fertility.
There are a lot more of these carvings throughout the park. It’s really neat. Walking along the paths, looking at the rocks, wondering ‘Who was this person that carved these stones?’, gave me a little better perspective on how ideas impact our culture, society and the land we live on.
I’m looking forward to more exercise exploring.