Abo Face – 2×3

Outside of Socorro, New Mexico, tucked away in a field, are a small set of pictographs. It is hard to see, or find these, as their location is not well known, not marked in any meaningful way, and although archeologically cataloged, have just not garnered a lot of attention. No one knows for sure who left them, and, as with all rock art, no one knows exactly what the meaning is.

What is known, though, is that these pictographs are done in the “Abo Style,” which is characterized by masks such as the one here. Distinctly, they tend to have flat tops. And, quite significantly, these are polychromatic, meaning, essentially, painted in different colors. We’re not sure how old this mask is, other than “very, very old,” quite possibly to dating before 1 BC. It is amazing that such art has survived for so long, and this site does because of a very fortuitous geologic location and modern day obscurity.

So what does it mean? That is left up to you, but the mask clearly represents something.

If you find this site, or any site, it is absolutely imperative that you do not touch the art, or touch anywhere around it. Sites like this are beyond fragile, and it is up to us to preserve them for the future.

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