Petroglyphs at Betatakin Ruin
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Ancestral Pueblo petrographs at Betatakin, Navajo County, Arizona.
Petroglyphs are rock carvings (rock paintings are called pictographs) made by pecking directly on the rock surface using a stone chisel and a hammerstone. When the desert varnish (or patina) on the surface of the rock was chipped off, the lighter rock underneath was exposed, creating the petroglyph.
Betatakin means "House Built on a Ledge" in Navajo. In Hopi, the name of the place is Talastima, or "Place of the Corn Tassel".
Source: John Annerino, In the Chasms of Water, Stone, and Light: Passages through the Grand Canyon. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2019.
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