pet·​ro·​glyph | \ ˈpe-trə-ˌglif How to pronounce petroglyph (audio) \

Definition of petroglyph

: a carving or inscription on a rock

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These eight sites have ancient petroglyphs in locations that might surprise you. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 The petroglyphs were found in the Vredefort impact structure, a 186-mile wide crater in South Africa that was formed by an asteroid strike around 2 billion years ago. Fox News, "Mysterious prehistoric rock carvings discovered in world's largest asteroid crater," 19 June 2019 Set off on foot into the West Maui Mountains in search of mysterious petroglyphs and secret waterfalls, along the way learning about the sustainable power generated by wind turbines installed on the mountain ridge. National Geographic, "Hawai'i Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Some look like petroglyphs depicting a tornado; others resemble flattened worms. Quanta Magazine, "Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start," 22 Jan. 2018 In this canyon there are petroglyphs and arrowheads. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "State refuses to recognize bighorn as biggest ever for Idaho," 29 May 2019 The collections offer perspective on the traditions and cultures of North and South America and the Caribbean, and include Taino petroglyphs, Amazonian fishing baskets and colonial artifacts (Calle Beneficencia, Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Beautiful rock formations, a historic Mormon settlement, and Native American petroglyphs are highlights. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places to Go This Summer That Won't Be Full of Tourists," 11 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of petroglyph

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petroglyph

petro- + glyph, probably after hieroglyph

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