The Petrographs of Janos, Chihuahua and its Archaic Community


In this paper, we will present the preliminary results of the first field season of the El Peñón del Diablo, Janos, Chihuahua Project, focused on an interesting rock art site on the chihuahuan prairie. We like to emphasize, that this archaeological project was created under the Janos community initiative, which wanted to know more about the site for its protection and for tourist development in the area. Thanks to the close collaboration between the Janos municipality, the Centro INAH Chihuahua, and the EAHNM, we were able to register the more than 45 petroglyphs sets located on the crag, as well as the surface material collection from the immediate site area (250x150 mts). In a first assessment, the rock art site seems to be a single and isolated feature on the valley, but the finding of more than 25 stone ovens, several basin metates, more than 120 stone mortars, and a considerable amount of lithic material, indicate a long occupation that possibly started around the late Paleoindian/early Archaic period.

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The Petrographs of Janos, Chihuahua and its Archaic Community. Emiliano Gallaga, victor ortega, Tobias García. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405051)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;