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Velarde, New Mexico
Preserving Petroglyphs in New Mexico

Mesa Prieta, in New Mexico, is one of the densest and most prolific petroglyph areas in North America. This 36-square-mile site contains an estimated 100,000 rock images from art that was made 9,500 years ago to images created in 1938 by workers in the Works Progress Administration. The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project seeks to locate and record these images both to encourage their protection and to educate the public about their importance. NEH funding in 2020 allowed the project to continue its work through the pandemic and even expand into new technologies that will bring the petroglyphs to a wider audience.

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