The Rock Art Recording Field School of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico worked at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in Otero County from 1987 through 1992. The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site contains over 21,000 rock-art designs that are mostly contemporaneous with the Jornada Mogollon (A.D. 400-1450) culture of south-central New Mexico. This six year effort has provided 100 percent documentation of the elements within the 0.22 square mile site on Bureau of Land Management and State of New Mexico land.
The report summarizes the numerous elements, identifies research themes, and provides perspectives on the significance of the Three River Petroglyph Site. It is discussed in relation to the natural environment, the archaeological context, and the rock-art context. Information from the site and other studies of rock-art sites in the American Southwest and Mexico suggest potential research questions for studying Jornada Mogollon rock art and culture.
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