Weekly Photo Challenge: Petroglyph Patterns

The Weekly Photo Challenge is From Lines to Patterns. I can think of no better way to represent lines and patterns than the petroglyphs on Ometepe Island.

When we first moved to Ometepe Island, I thought petroglyph was another name for gasoline.
petroglyphsArcheologists refer to Ometepe as the Island of circles and spirals due to the ancient rock carvings, petroglyphs, carved on the basalt boulders.
petroglyphThe oldest petroglyphs date back to around 1000 B.C. The most common motif is the spiral. Some motifs are highly stylized and intricately carved.
petroglyph fincaOther carvings represent the God of Virility or a very macho man with a great sense of humor.
DSCN1341All of the petroglyphs are found on the Maderas side of the island. Once we found a pig pen surrounded by petroglyphs highlighted in chalk. Now, that’s a creative way to use some petroglyphs.
DSCN1348Following the Fuego y Agua Survivor racers up Maderas Volcano, we spotted an angel-like petroglyph or maybe an alien in a spacesuit?
IMG_1948Returning from our walk to photograph petroglyphs, we discovered the beginnings of a dugout canoe. Just carve out the lines and patterns, and soon you will have a fishing boat.
DSCN1206I hope you enjoyed the petroglyph tour on the Island of Circles and Spirals.
For more information on petroglyphs check out these links.
Culturelink Fieldwork Project
Ometepe Petroglyph Project
Dreaming of the Prehistoric Rock Art on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua



12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Petroglyph Patterns

  1. Even it’s not the purpose here, I’m very interested about the dugout canoe!!!
    Do you think it is possible to have more information about it?
    Thanks a lot!!

  2. Pretty amazing to be surrounded by ancient relics like these. I’ll check out the links. (Looks like the pig is an example of macho virile pig. Must be all those petroglyphs he is surrounded by.) 🙂

  3. Those petroglyphs will make some cool t-shirts, one of the petroglyphs looks like an Alien…. Pretty cool stuff Deb 🙂

      • It would suck if it was something embarrasing LOL, I once saw a hispanic lady wearing a t-shirt saying wine me, dine me and 69 me… she had no idea what it said

        • OMG! That’s hysterical. Once in Rivas, we saw a man with a t-shirt that said “Baby Inside” with an arrow pointing to his belly. And on the same day, there was a ..how do I put this correctly?…a mentally challenged woman, naked from the waist down wearing only a red t-shirt that said, “I heart NY”. We couldn’t help but laugh..but not in front of her. We said she must have had a great night in NY.

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