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PEFO Loop 7/22, AZ
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PEFO Loop 7/22, AZ 
PEFO Loop 7/22, AZ
 
Hiking7.12 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   1.45 mph
582 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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I got two days off from assistant babysitting duties and headed up to Holbrook. First day I walked a loop I had sketched out in Petrified Forest National Park (my favorite place).

Always nice walking, flat and open, and you never know what you might find. I was just enjoying the Painted Desert scenery for the first hour or so when I noticed some flaked rock around some "arranged rocks". Almost simultaneously I noticed a bright white object I thought might be bone, but it turned out to be a stone point (tip broken off). Very cool. I looked around harder and found more flakes (possibly scraper tools) and a few pieces of pottery - an ancient gathering/working spot.

I continued along finding some more pottery and another ancient working place before reaching a nice petroglyph area I'd been to before. My plan was to look a little closer, low and high, and see if I could find some new things.

This worked out well - some new petroglyphs and some colorful pottery kept it interesting until the heat (~95deg) said to head back.

I planned to stop in at the Park Visitor Center to tell a Ranger (hopefully the arch. expert was around) about the point I found and where I left it. But the place was a zoo, so I decided to just send an email. To my surprise my generic submission got a response in less than 24hrs from the Park's Lead Archaeologist. He was happy about the find (presumably he'll collect it) and further added "This point is classified as a San Jose point. They are known to be small-medium points, and are especially noted for their short, serrated blades and concave bases. They are found throughout much of Arizona and New Mexico, south into northern Mexico. San Jose points are from the Middle Archaic cultural period which dates from approximately 5,300 to 3,800 years ago."

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