These petroglyphs, pecked into these rocks allow a glimpse of the life and world of the people who farmed the Puerco River Valley 650 to 2,000 years ago. More than 650 rock art designs–the largest concentration of petroglyphs in Petrified Forest National Park — adorn the boulders that tumbled to rest below the cliffs above.
What do the petroglyphs mean? No one knows for sure. Petroglyph styles change over time, but their meaning remains a mystery. Even so, petroglyphs provide a valuable resource for studying past cultures.
The great variety of petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock includes human and animal like figures, spiritual figures, hands and tracks, and geometrics.