LASR.net Homepage




Menu

Deer Valley Rock Art Center


category : Archaeology
Deer Valley Rock Art Center The Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has over 1500 petroglyphs on nearly 600 boulders in a 47 acre nature preserve. The petroglyphs are believed to be several hundred to a few thousand years old. Archaeologists believe that Archaic, Hohokam, and Patayan peoples made the majority of the petroglyphs, and their meanings and the reasons they were made remain a mystery to us today.

Although some Indian peoples have known about the petroglyphs at Hedgpeth Hills for thousands of years, non-Indians have only known about this site since the 1800's, and it remains a sacred site to some Arizona tribes today.

Rock Art is a term used for designs made on rocks or on the earth's surface by people in the past. Petroglyphs are designs made by carving or scratching away the dark layer of rock varnish on a rock's surface to reveal the lighter rock underneath. Rock varnish is a thin layer of tiny clay particles which are deposited on rocks in desert environments. These clay particles are attached to rock surfaces by bacteria that lives there. Manganese in the clay gives rock varnish a dark color. In time, the color of the exposed interior becomes more like the color of the surface because of the rock varnish's regrowth.

Pictographs are designs made by painting on rocks or in caves. Colorful plants and minerals were ground up and mixed with protein based liquids such as egg, blood, or urine to make different colors of paint. The pigments were applied using sticks, brushes, fingers or hands.

Rock Art was made by people all over the world. Much of it was made by prehistoric people. American Indians made most of the rock art in North America.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center opened to the public in December of 1994, and is associated with the Department of Anthropology at ASU. The museum offers interpretive exhibits and videos along with group tours and a gift shop.


Admission: Adults $5.00 - Seniors/Students $3.00 - Children 6-12 $2.00 - 5 & Under Free.
Hours: May - September, Tues - Fri, 8am - 2pm; Sat: 7am - 5pm; Sun: 12 noon - 5pm.
October - April, Tues - Sat: 9am to 5pm; Sun: 12-5pm
Address: 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Phone: 623-582-8007
Our Email: dvrac@asu.edu
Our Website:www.asu.edu/clas/anthropology/dvrac

Come visit us in Phoenix, Arizona

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Turf Paradise Race Course

Live Thoroughbred racing. Come enjoy a day at the races. Turf Paradise is the 3

Phoenix, AZ Race Tracks

Arizona Capitol Museum

Restored in 1981, the original Arizona State Capitol now is home to a museum and the state archives. Built in 1899, the building housed the territorial government until 1912, when Arizona's first governor was inaugurated. Left empty after state offices moved to larger, adjacent buildings in 1974

Phoenix, AZ Museums

Phoenix Museum of History

The Phoenix Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenix'

Phoenix, AZ Museums

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Pueblo Grande Museum is located at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins in modern day Phoenix. For over 70 years the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture. On the 102 acre park grounds, visitors explore the ruin of an 800

Phoenix, AZ Archaeology

Fairytale Brownies Factory

Fairytale Brownies is a delicious Phoenix attraction you'll want to put on your 'to do'

Phoenix, AZ Tours

Things to do Archaeology near Phoenix, AZ