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Episode 4 of our Virtual Tour Video Series is hosted by Founder and Previous Owner Katherine Wells and Project Archaeologist Chester Liwosz. They take you on a unique and informative tour of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in northern New Mexico.

Official Trailer for Episode 4


Episode 4 takes you to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve on Mesa Preita in Northern New Mexico. You will get a special glimpse of some of the rock art panels scattered across the preserve, along with the archaeological theories behind some of the recurring images. The site is known for having solstice markers and is thought to contain special acoustical attributes that may have been part of the context for the multiple human and animal flute player images across the site.  Mesa Prieta contains a variety of rock art panels dating as far back as the Archaic period up to the early 20th century when the Work Projects Administration crews were working in the river valley below.

Katherine purchased the property in 1992 and founded the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project in 2002, which set out on the lofty task of documenting all of the petroglyphs across the entire mesa.  The Project has recorded around 70,000 images so far – and it is estimated that there are at least another 30,000 that still need to be recorded.

This episode is available as both a full 60-minute feature and a 4-part series. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel to watch and subscribe.