Petroglyphs at South Mountain Park
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Petroglyphs located at South Mountain Park, south of Phoenix, Arizona.
South Mountain Park in Phoenix is home to thousands of petroglyphs left behind primarily by people of the Hohokam prehistoric culture.
Hohokam is a term that roughly translates to “those who have gone”. They inhabited central and southern Arizona from approximately AD 450 to 1450. They probably did not reside in the South Mountains. Evidence suggests they hunted, gathered plants and other resources, tended gardens or fields, conducted ceremonies, and made journeys there.
It’s likely the South Mountains were sacred to the ancient Hohokam as they are to local tribal communities today. Rock art patterns may symbolize Hohokam activities or mark places that were important to them.
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