Its November and dry cold days are the norm now. The ranch is dry yet I had noticed that a large area south of the big water fall seemed to Be always a little wetter and more animals are always in this wide open area. I had decided to go into this large area and take a look. On this trip Mike and I parked as far in as we could but it still left a large area of mesa's, buttes and gorges. It is rough country from the car to Preitta mesa. We started with full packs and forged the canyon walls filled with the ancient mud balls and ammonites. This area was wet with standing water in the gorges. All of the water came from two falls on the side of Preitta. In the distance on an open stretch of the mesa area you could see the remains of an ancient village that had been disturbed by some past archeologist.
This was a ruin of several room once of which had been excavated as you can see.
Mike noticed that there was a special white rock with an ultra fine finish that was some kind of grinding surface. Later he found the grinder that had been used on this rock.
I on the other hand was exhausted from the hike and climb that required us to get on all fours at times and climb through the trees and rocks.
There is pottery chards everywhere around this site. Where it is usual To find it on the south east corner of the building this time the chards Were all over the north east side. I speculate that there is another ruin deeper to the north. Mike and I started for the two water falls to look for petroglyphs. Once in the area it was clear that there were no need for petroglyphs. There was game everywhere as well as water. And sure enough we found only one petroglyph. A very strange one. For one thing there were no others. Two it was almost hidden in its placement on the rock. Three it depicted a person on horse back probably a conquistador. You tell us what you think?.
Yet another mystery!
for more email us
THE AMMONITES WE FIND
COMING SOON THE ANIMALS, SCENERY, POTTERY, FOSSILS...
copyright 2000/2001/2006 Chuck Dawson Corrales NM
This page has been visited: