What is a petroglyph?Petroglyphs are images created by removing part of thesurface of a rock. Most petroglyphs in Idaho weremade by pecking into basalt. Oxidation creates thevariation in color.
When were the petroglyphs made?By using carbon dating, we have been able to estimatethat petroglyphs in Idaho were made up to 12,000years ago. This type of rock art has been madecontinuously into the twentieth century.
Can I go see petroglyphs? X Yes! There are petroglyphs throughout Idaho, but they areX concentrated along bodies of water, mostly the Snake River. The following slides will discuss some of the better known sites you could visit, but there are XX X many more.
Wees Bar • South of Kuna and 4-5 miles downstream (northwest) of Swan Falls Dam. • Considered one of the largest petroglyph sites in Idaho.
Celebration Park • South of Melba. • Idahos only archaeological park. • Easily Accessible.
Map Rock • West of Melba on highway 45. • A rock the size of a car. • Considered to be a map of the area.
Buffalo Eddy • On both the Lewiston and Clarkston side of the Snake River. • Site has human figures as well as bison, big horned sheep, elk, and deer.
Lake Pend Oreille • On the north shore • Images of bear paws and abstracts