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A petroglyph


From French pétroglyphe, from Ancient Greek πέτρα (pétra, rock) + γλύφη (glúphē, carved work)


petroglyph (plural petroglyphs)

  1. (archaeology) A rock carving, especially one made in prehistoric times.
    Coordinate term: geoglyph
    • 1998, Henri-Paul Francfort, 17: Central Asian petroglyphs: between Indo-Iranian and shamanistic interpretations, Paul S. C. Taçon (editor), The Archaeology of Rock-Art, page 302,
      The petroglyphs of Central Asia form a long sequence from the Neolithic onwards.
    • 2000, Carol Diaz-Granados, James R. Duncan, The Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Missouri, page 102,
      Ninety-six petroglyph sites were reported in the original study (DiazGranados 1993). The majority of the petroglyphs are worn.
    • 2001, Georgia Lee, 18: Oceania, David S. Whitley (editor), Handbook of Rock Art Research, page 578,
      The islands of Tonga are not known for petroglyphs; however, one of the frontal stones of a langi called Mala'e Lahi on 'Uiha Island has one petroglyph of a human foot.

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