rock art (catholic)

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The rock art of the Rio Grande Gorge is extensive and varied. Eight general types have been defined. Click on each type for a simple description and accompanying examples.

Archaic  Pueblo  Ute  Apache  Comanche  Catholic  Textual  Modern


Catholic Rock Art of the Rio Grande Gorge

One of the least studied rock art traditions in New Mexico—relative to its abundance—is the Catholic rock art tradition. Crosses pecked, scratched and painted on boulders are part of a much larger Catholic tradition of marking the landscape that includes the construction of roadside descansos and the erection of wooden crosses on hills and mesatops.

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