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Ancient Hohokam & Patayan Petroglyphs

Glendale, Arizona, USA

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This is the easiest way to actually visit an ancient Hohokam & Patayan petroglyph site.

Many of the locals don't even know that this ancient Hohokam & Patayan petroglyph site exists and is in the Hedgepeth Hills of the City of Glendale, Arizona.

According to oral tradition, the Hohokam may be the ancestors of the historic Akimel O'odham and Tohono O'odham peoples in Southern Arizona.

The Hohokam culture, which spanned some 1450 years from 1 A. D. in the first millennium to A. D. 1450 suddenly appeared and vanished into the darkness of history. During that time, the Hohokam raised new standards in innovation, art, and craftsmanship. They also had trade and cultural connections into Mesoamerica.

Based upon the first archaeological evidence, researchers believed that early Hohokam pioneers into northern Sonora and southern Arizona, imported a more advanced Mesoamerican influence into the area, founding the Hohokam culture, around the beginning of the first millennium.

Based upon later archaeological evidence, other researchers believed that local descendants of the ancient hunting and gathering traditions of the desert, responded to influences from Mesoamerica and emerged as the Hohokam.

Yet other students have suggested that the Hohokam immigrants arrived from an unknown Mesoamerican region and swept across the deserts of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It is thought by those researchers that the Hohokam immigrants probably over ran the hunter/gatherers in the region of southern Arizona, sometime in the second half of the first millennium.

Yet other investigators say that the Hohokam region was nothing more than a Mesoamerican frontier outpost.

And others believe that the Hohokam culture represented nothing more than a local cultural development with a Mesoamerican tint.

In any case, not much is known about their origins.

The Hohokam occupied a geologically and ecologically diverse region, which extended from the basin and range and the low desert country of northern Sonora and southern Arizona northward into the Mogollon Rim escarpment and onto the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.

The Hohokam people had many settlements in the Gila and Salt River valleys of southern Arizona.

They built rectangular pit houses from earth, rather than stone, and lived in small villages. They cremated their dead and placed the ashes in a specially prepared pit Although the Hohokam relied a great deal on hunting and gathering, they also were skilled farmers and excellent engineers. They were a peaceful people who cooperated to build large canal networks. Some of their canals were over ten miles long and used gravity to control water flow and to flush out the silt.

Between the 7th and 14th centuries they built and maintained these extensive irrigation networks along the lower Salt and middle Gila rivers that rivaled the complexity of those used in the ancient Near East, Egypt, and China. These were constructed using relatively simple excavation tools, without the benefit of advanced engineering technologies.

These highly successful agricultural techniques produced a surplus of food. Villages and populations grew. Over the next 1500 years the Hohokam expanded their settlements into the Tucson Basin, then to the Phoenix area, and as far north as present-day Flagstaff.

The Patayan Culture is a term used by archaeologists to describe the prehistoric and historic Native American cultures who inhabited parts of modern day Arizona, California and Baja California, including areas near the Colorado River Valley, the nearby uplands, and north to the vicinity of the Grand Canyon between AD 700-1550.

The Patayan occupied a huge area of Arizona west of the Agua Fria River, past the Colorado River into eastern Nevada and California.

Their nearest cultural neighbors were the Hohokam in central and eastern Arizona. The historic Yuman-speaking peoples in this region were skilled warriors and active traders, maintaining exchange networks with the Pima in southern Arizona and with the Pacific coast.

The name "Patayan" comes from the Yuman language and means "old people." The Patayan people appear to have been very mobile and did not build large structures or accumulate numerous possessions. Patayan sites may also have been destroyed by floods in river valleys where some of them raised crops.

The rectangular shaping of metates and manos found at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center are characteristics of the Patayan Culture.

The Hohokam people are known to have irrigated fields in the area from water that flowed from nearby Skunk Creek.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center:
3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-582-8007 | Fax: 623-582-8831

The museum is located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, approximately 2 miles north of Highway 101 and 2 miles west of I-17.

Take I-17 North to Deer Valley Road. Turn left on Deer Valley Road. Go past 35th Ave. about 2 blocks and take the fork in the road that goes to the right.

Note: This site faces east and due to the setting sun, it is best to visit the site in the mornings. Otherwise the sunlight will interfer with your viewing of the petroglyphs.

Also, most of the petroglyphs are not easy to see; without using a small telescope or binocular.

If you are planning to visit the "Deer Valley Rock Art Center". And if you are coming from outside of Arizona, you could fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and then rent a car.

There are many hotels and motels in the area.

We have some links to Priceline.com on this page since they can arrange all of your air flights, hotels and car.

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