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|Description ||Signal Hill, Pima County, Arizona.
Large spiral petroglyph on Signal Hill in the Saguaro National Park. The figure is placed on a sloping bolder. The angle is such that the surface facing north is in the shadow from the fall to the spring equinox and only lit in the "summer" half of the year.
Photo by bat400, June 2003.|
|Great picture. We have similar in northumberland, England, called Cup and Ring stones - amazing|
|I have seen the cup and ring stones near Rothbury - marvelous. If you check the main page for this site there is a link to photographer Nile Root's website on Signal Hill. His photographs are wonderful. I have a few other photos that I need to submit for attachment. The site listings for Puerco Pueblo and Newspaper Rock also have some marvelous links with great photographs of SW ancient art.|
|isn't it amazing that these shapes appear carved on rocks on two different continents.....|
|Is it just my biased view - or do these bear more than a passing similarity to the cup and rings, in Northumberland, England - from several milennia earlier? A connection - or fundamental coincidental shape of spiral vs circles|
|The shapes ARE different. I've not (yet) seen American rock carvings that are "duplicates" of the cup/ring art in Northern British Isles. But American symbology in rock art (not this spiral, but others) and pottery designs includes a lot of circular figures including circles with outer "rays" and crosses within circles. The shape is so fundimental in nature, it seems very likely that it will crop up independantly. The disk of the sun and moon, waterdrop marks in sand, human and animal eyes, central seed disks of many flowering plants, the motion of a weight on a string - all circles.|
|Possibly also related to the high priest/chief shaman 'moving' in circles at the same spot, during ceremonial rites? I'm constantly picking up this type of motion whilst dowsing ritual movements.|
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