pet·​ro·​glyph | \ˈpe-trə-ˌglif \

Definition of petroglyph 

: a carving or inscription on a rock

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Petroglyph National Monument holds nearly 25,000 petroglyph images by Native American Pueblo tribes, in a style dubbed Rio Grande that dates back 400 to 700 years. Sunset, "This Southwestern Road Trip Is Filled with Hidden Gems," 22 Jan. 2018 Upon arrival in Wadi Rum, meet your Bedouin guide and transfer by jeep into the desert for an exciting 1½-hour 4X4 excursion past natural sandstone bridges, petroglyphs featuring animals, and rock formations with names inspired by T.E. Lawrence. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Jordan," 5 Oct. 2016 Deer Valley Rock Art Center More than 1,500 petroglyphs are scattered around the center in north east Glendale, offering a multifaceted view of the past. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 The park is also a canvas for petroglyphs, which are visible along the Petroglyph Point Trail. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 More than 650 petroglyphs created by Puebloan people who lived, farmed and hunted along the Puerco River between 650 and 2,000 years ago, are found at Newspaper Rock; borrow a spotting scope for up-close viewing. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Petrified Forest National Park: 10 tips for your visit," 28 Mar. 2018 Roche-a-Cri State Park, Friendship This park in central Wisconsin protects one of the only spots in the state for the public to see petroglyphs and pictographs. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 Wisconsin state parks with bargain rates for campers this summer," 1 Mar. 2018 In January 2016, a petroglyph was removed with a rock saw and chisel, damaging ancient rock art. Sydney Pereira, Newsweek, "Native American Artifacts, Fossils and Stunning Utah Landscape Not Protected From Looting and Mining After Trump Withdraws Protection," 4 Dec. 2017 Some of this land also contains cultural and historical artifacts and resources, like Native American dwellings and petroglyphs, fossils, and early pioneer structures. Christine Colbert, Teen Vogue, "Bureau of Land Management Federal Land, Explained," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of petroglyph

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petroglyph

French pétroglyphe, from pétr- petr- + -glyphe (as in hiéroglyphe hieroglyph)

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