2019-01-02 Papago Park

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2019-01-02 Papago Park

Overcast, cold, some rain, and still lacking energy we tried to find a few places closer to Mesa to get going again!  Papago Park and the Hole-in-the-Rock was on our list so when we got up and the sun was shining – off we went.  A very easy hike, you can view the Phoenix metropolitan area through the large wind eroded hole.  Archaeologists believe the Hohokam used the Hole in the Rock as a calendar device – a ray of light comes through a hole in the ceiling of the rock shelter, changing positions throughout the year.   The Hohokam ground metate slicks in the bedrock,  in those spots of the rock shelter where the ray of light hits them, marking the time of the Solstices and Equinoxes.


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