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Chaco Canyon petroglyph may depict 1097 A.D. solar eclipse

A 900-year-old petroglyph found in Chaco Canyon in Colorado may depict a solar eclipse which took place on July 11, 1097.

It turns out that nearly 1,000 years ago our ancestors were just as keen to share news about a solar eclipse, but in the absence of smartphones or computers they used more primitive means to depict the stunning solar event: rock art.

Researchers believe they have discovered a rock carving in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon that represents a total eclipse that occurred more than 900 years ago. The engraving, known as a petroglyph, shows a circle with curved, intricate swirling emissions issuing from it. Around the circle, believed to depict the sun, human figures can be seen in different positions and engaged in different activities.

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Story: Callum Paton, Newsweek | Photo: University of Colorado

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