Petroglyphs of birds
Many hundreds of years old
Can you find Big Bird?This is a detailed image of petroglyphs at the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.
It is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best-preserved. The rock art site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels
The petroglyphs were created by Southern Sinagua residents between about 1150 and 1400 AD.
The docent who gave a really interesting talk said that the petroglyphs of birds are believed to be Sandhill Cranes. He said that the “Big Bird” petroglyph could depict a Sandhill Crane looking straight ahead with the feathers raised on the top of its head. I’m not sure that a Sandhill Crane has enough feathers on its head to do that. It could be a Snowy Egret and less likely a Great Blue Heron. Any guesses?