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Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Meaning of Place

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Meaning of Place Marker
Inscription. Puerco Pueblo means different things to different people. Visitors come here to learn about the past and make their own personal connections by walking within this ancient community. Artists have also found inspiration by spending time at this village. The inhabitants of Puerco Pueblo found resources here that were essential for hunting, gathering, farming, ritual, and to raise families – it was home.

For archeologists, sites such as Puerco Pueblo allow us to learn about the daily lives of prehistoric people. From information obtained at over 1000 sites in the park, we know that people lived here for over 13,000 years. In archeology, a “persistent place” is an area on the landscape that is the focus of repeated human activity through time. Puerco Pueblo, as well as Petrified Forest, is a persistent place.

For contemporary indigenous groups, sites like Puerco Pueblo are a part of their heritage and oral traditions. Even after people moved away from the villages here, their descendants return to pray, leave offerings, and interact with departed ancestors. Today these communities see these prehistoric sites as “the footprints of the ancestors.”
 
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
 
Location.
Meaning of Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Meaning of Place Marker
34° 58.487′ N, 109° 47.65′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Petrified Forest Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whispers from the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in the Village (within shouting distance of this marker); A Canvas for Ideas (within shouting distance of this marker); Summer Solstice Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Village on the Rio Puerco (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Railroad (about 700 feet away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 0.9 miles away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
3. Puerco Ruins
Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
4. Puerco Ruins
Petroglyphs image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. Petroglyphs
Puerco Kiva Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
6. Puerco Kiva Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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