Artifact in stone in the Zuni Mts. What is it?

During my recent field trip that included some time in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico I was turning rocks looking for beetles as usual and found the rock in the images below that has a peculiar set of concentric circles cut into it. I assumed that it was done by some drilling tool used in mining or road building since I found it near a bridge. However, I haven’t been able to match it to anything specific and there is some small amount of doubt in my mind, leaving open the possibility that it is an artifact of the Native Americans in the area. I haven’t been able to find anything matching it in my searches of Zuni art. I favor my first guess, but would like to know what sort of tool makes such a mark or if it is a Zuni piece, that would be cool too. If anyone knows the answer please tell me. Whatever it is, it makes a good house for the ants.

marked rock 2

marked rock 2

marked rock 1

marked rock 1

Advertisements

About Kip Will

I'm an insect systematist with expertise in carabid beetles, who is always happiest in the bush.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s