Date(s) - 03/18/2017 - 03/20/2017
Three Rivers Petroglyph
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Joan E. Price, a writer, photographer and educator, has been visiting and
studying the vast Three Rivers Petroglyph Site fifteen miles north of
Tularosa, New Mexico, for over 20 years. She is a research associate with
Jornada Research Institute, a non-profit educational organization, a
member of the American Rock Art Research Association and of the El Paso Archaeological Society.
During Spring Equinox, March 18, 19 and 20, Price will lead a free guided
tour and discussions beginning at 7:30 each morning at Three Rivers
Petroglyph Site parking lot. There is a $5 fee for day use of the site
maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Camping is allowed for an additional fee. Please call the hosts at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site for camping facilities and fees. For more information and reservations
(required), please call Joan at (575)585-4983.
Price has documented interpretations of several Native Americans who have
visited the huge collection of images that they consider an ancestral
sacred landscape. Participants will be looking for and discussing solar
animation of images on stones and discussing ethnographic and cultural
landscapes created by prehistoric occupants. Participants will search for
solar alignments of a light casting across well-made petroglyphs that
takes place at this time of the year. We will also be viewing previously
identified solar events on the tour.
Several petroglyphs expert have noted the strong visual and thematic
relationship between the Mimbres iconography on the famed prehistoric
Southwestern pottery styles and a style of petroglyphs at Three Rivers
Petroglyph Site. Tour participants will see several Mimbres style glyphs
and are encouraged to study some Mimbres style paintings before they come to learn the two different media applications-beautiful clay bowls and
rugged stone facades.
Bring a broad brim hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, long
pants, sturdy walking boots, water and light snacks/lunch. There will be a
lunch break under shade about half way through the day. Please be advised: We will be staying on the well-maintained public trail,
however, there are points that are challenging. Walking sticks are a good
idea. Remember that directional compasses are distorted by the iron content in the surface and will need to be compensated for. And photography is challenging due to the contrast of light and dark on each image. Bring notebooks.