Macaw bird figure, Petroglyph National Monument, Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Ancestral Puebloan people chipped a macaw bird figure into the desert varnish (oxidized surface) of 200,000-year-old volcanic basalt rock, seen today on the Macaw Trail in Boca Negra Canyon, in Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Archeologists describe the image as made in the Rio Grande style, which developed around AD 1300. Petroglyph National Monument lies 1200 miles (via modern road) northwest of the natural range of the Scarlet Macaw in the tropical lowlands of eastern Mexico. Macaw remains unearthed at many sites (such as Wupatki, Arizona) in southwest USA indicate a Pre-Columbian trade network that connected to southeastern Mexico.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download