Buffalo Eddy

I just got back from a trip to Idaho to help with an archaeological restoration project. It was a wonderful adventure, and one of the places I got to visit was Buffalo Eddy, a basalt outcropping along the Snake River that bears beautiful petroglyphs. The exact age is uncertain, but some estimate they may be 4,500 years old, possible older. It was a real gift to see such ancient images.

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4 comments on “Buffalo Eddy

  1. markalan says:

    If you like petroglyphs, you should try Grape Vine Canyon near Laughlin, Nevada. It’s loaded with petroglyphs but sadly, people think they can “chip” the glyph out of the rock. Erosion has also worn heavily on the glyphs themselves, but the place is loaded with them.

    • Vandalism is one of the greatest problems facing ancient sites, unfortunately. And the vandalism is often completely without malice, spurred instead by a sense of arrogance and entitlement. So many “enlightened” hippies (for lack of a better label) come to places like Chaco Canyon and build shrines to the spirits by prying rocks out of ancient walls, or seek to prove to all their friends how deep and in tune with the Ancients they are by taking home pieces of someone else’s sacred places. It’s absolutely infuriating.

  2. rangewriter says:

    At first glance I was sure you’d visited Celebration Park, practically my back yard. But on second glance, I don’t recognize these wonderful specimens. I love petroglyphs. I smile to think that they were created by the graffiti artists of their day.

    • betunada says:

      good comment, Range!
      i drive (or often ride a bike) by a small more-recent set, “Ute” just up Escalante Canyon (desert/west Colorawdough) and it is also interesting to see “additions” which settlers/european pioneers added among the Ute graffiti.

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