Petroglyph find in Colima

Positioning La Campana among the richest sites in petroglyph density

Petroglyph find in archeological site La Campana
Photo: Courtesy of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History
English 27/02/2018 16:08 Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English Mexico City Actualizada 12:06

Specialists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) located 108 petroglyphs in the Archaeological Zone of La Campana, northwest of the city of Colima.

The finding positions La Campana among the richest archeological sites in petroglyph density and one of the few in the country with traces of all the cultural stages of Mesoamerica.

The petroglyph finding encompasses a wide range of iconographies, dimensions, and cultural affiliations, covering almost three thousand years—from the Preclassic period (1700 B.C.) to the Postclassic period (900 to 1521 A.D.).

On Twitter, INAH wrote in Spanish: “Look! 108 petroglyphs in La Campana, Colima's Archeological site have been found!“

It should be noted that prior to this finding, 12 stone carvings and a burial were located in the area. The carvings resemble some sort of wall of between 70 and 75 meters long next to the Colima River while the Capacha burial integrated by six individuals and 18 ceramic objects has been fixed between 1800 and 1700 BC.

"The characteristics of each petroglyph vary. Some represent zoomorphic figures (monkeys, birds, snakes, and butterflies), while the iconography of others includes stripes, numerals, flowers, hearts, and human faces. Its dimensions range from those that weigh several tons to those that can be handled manually," the statement reads in Spanish.