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Near Arroyo Seco in Municipality of Victoria, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site

 
 
The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
1. The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site Marker
Inscription.  

El sitio arqueológico Arroyo Seco
El sitio arqueológico Arroyo Seco geográficamente se ubica en la porción semidesértica de la Sierra Gorda de Guanajuato, al interior de un pequeño valle intermontano irrigado por la aguas del río Victoria. Los soportes con pintura rupestre que lo integran se distribuyen entre las milenarias formaciones rocosas de dos pequeñas elevaciones naturales separadas por el cauce de un arroyo temporal del cual toma su nombre.

De acuerdo a la tradición oral local, estas elevaciones reciben distintas denominaciones: el cerro situado al oriente es conocido como "La Zorra" y el ubicado al occidente como "La Pintada o La Tortuga". Un rasgo significativo de este sitio es la disposición de los paneles pintados, que en La Zorra se distribuyen en las laderas norte y oeste, orientados hacia la puesta del sol, mientras que los de La Pintada o La Tortuga se plasmaron en la ladera occidental del cerro, mirando hacia la salida del sol.

Pie de dibujo: Paneles pintados

English translation:
The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site
The Arroyo Seco archaeological
The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
2. The Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site Marker
site is geographically located in the semi-desert portion of the Sierra Gorda of Guanajuato, inside a small intermountain valley irrigated by the waters of the Victoria River. The rock paintings that are integrated within the site are distributed among the ancient rock formations of two small natural elevations separated by the channel of a temporary stream from which the site takes its name.

According to local oral tradition, these elevations have two different names: the hill located to the east is known as "La Zorra" (The Fox) and the one located to the west as "La Pintada or La Tortuga" (The Painted Hill or The Turtle). A significant feature of this site is the arrangement of the painted panels, which in La Zorra are distributed on the north and west slopes, oriented towards the sunset, while those of La Pintada or La Tortuga are commonly on the western slope of the hill, facing the sunrise.

Caption: Location of rock art
 
Erected by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 21° 11.416′ N, 100° 12.288′ W. Marker is near Arroyo Seco, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Victoria. Marker can be reached from Calle Nueva a Victoria just north of Calle Principal de Arroyo Seco, on the right when traveling
The "La Zorra" hill mentioned in the marker text image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
3. The "La Zorra" hill mentioned in the marker text
The marker seen here (El paisaje ritual or The Ritual Landscape) covers non-historical information and is not transcribed or translated.
north. The marker is one of the first along the walking tour at the Arroyo Seco Archaeological Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arroyo Seco, Guanajuato 37920, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Social Function of Rock Art (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); A Long-Term Painted History (about 180 meters away); The Memory of the Landscape (about 180 meters away); The Guardians of the Valley (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Rock Art in the 16th Century (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Father Juan González Zarate (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); Miguel Hidalgo (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); a different marker also named Miguel Hidalgo (approx. 11.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arroyo Seco.
 
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"La Pintada" or "La Tortuga" hill can be seen in the mid-distance in this view image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 4, 2019
4. "La Pintada" or "La Tortuga" hill can be seen in the mid-distance in this view
At the time of this photo La Tortuga was being prepared to be opened to tourists.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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