IJCH 2016 Vol.2(4): 138-145 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.4.052

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, USA, Degradation 1933-2016

Robin Gay Wakeland
Abstract—Outcropping on basalt cliffs above a meandering river valley, the La Cieneguilla petroglyphs in New Mexico, United States of America (USA), exhibit indigenous art and expressions evolving over thousands of years. Since it first came to the attention of modern anthropologists in 1933, the site has deteriorated through the present. Its images, consisting of birds, flute players, elk, coyotes, masked anthropomorphs, human figures, celestial stars and comets, have been subject to human as well as natural forces of degradation. Photos, archaeologists’ reports and government regulations track these effects and prevention efforts. The site remains open to the public and this dilemma engages contemporary angst.

Index Terms—Graffiti, indigenous art, petroglyphs, rock art, vandalism.

Robin Gay Wakeland is with the Albuquerque New Mexico United States of America, USA (e-mail: rgwakeland@gmail.com).

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Cite: Robin Gay Wakeland, "La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, USA, Degradation 1933-2016," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 138-145, 2016.

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