WACA 161 – Successive Cultures

People have been present at Walnut Canyon for the past 12,000 years; sometimes just as temporary visitors, other times permanent or seasonal residents. These have included members of different cultural groups. WACA 161 shows how different cultures have shared the same location. The rock image site is located inside of a Sinagua cliff dwelling,  occupied around the 12th-century AD. However, the style of the red pictographs located here is more characteristic of the Pai cultures that frequented the region at later times. Click on the numbers in the 3D model below to zoom to relevant views.

Below is a higher-resolution view of the main pictograph section. The default image shows the panel in natural colors; use the control arrows at lower left to bring up a computer-enhanced version of the image, which emphasizes the pictograph colors; several elements not visible in the natural color image become clearly visible in the enhanced version. Zoom in for a closer look.