Learn About Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Tuesday

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph. Courtesy/PEEC

Learn About Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Tuesday

Submitted by Carol A. Clark

Hidden on the mesa between Lyden and Estaca is the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, 181 acres of preserved land with over 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs. This largely unknown site is the largest petroglyph site in North America, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard.

To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Wells will show petroglyphs from the Archaic, Puebloan and Historic periods, and answer questions about the volunteer organization that helps oversee and protect this important site.

The Wells Petroglyph Preserve was created in 2007 when Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to The Archaeological Conservancy. Wells purchased the petroglyph-rich land on the mesa in 1992. She had the vision for a preservation and educational effort for Mesa Prieta and the determination to develop a program dedicated to its protection. An additional 25 acres were added to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in 2014, bringing the total protected area to 181 acres.

Or you can contact the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project directly at 505-852-1351 to arrange a tour of this amazing site, and even discuss learning how to volunteer as a docent or as a petroglyph recorder.