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Muzeum, Linka C, DPP, Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy, Prague Metro, Prague, Prag, Praha, Czech Republic,

Tracers of human & geologic history (IG)

Above/featured: Muzeum station, Prague metro line C – 8 Nov 2016 (HL).

The Oxford Dictionary defines history as:

•   study of past events, particularly in human affairs;
•   whole series of past events connected with a particular person or thing;
•   a continuous chronological record of key or public events or of a particular trend or institution.

I provide the following examples of tangible traces of past societies and signs of present-day activity. I tried here to avoid elements of or imprints by historic architectural or building styles which was presented here in a previous LAPC.

  1. Canada: Vancouver
  2. Czech Republic: Prague
  3. Germany: Berlin
  4. Germany: Blaubeuren
  5. Germany: Frankfurt am Main
  6. Germany: Leipzig
  7. Germany: Worms (Warmaisa)
  8. México: Ciudad de México
  9. New Zealand: Wellington
  10. USA: Albuquerque, NM
  11. USA: Grand Canyon, AZ

Canada: Vancouver

Inhabiting the lands of western North America for thousands of years, indigenous First Nations people have long expressed their culture through

Czech Republic: Prague

This is a well-known and well-photographed sight inside a commercial passage in central Prague; TESLA is an acronym for a Czech electronics company founded in 1921.

Germany: Berlin

9 November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Germany: Blaubeuren

Just west of Ulm in the town of Blaubeuren is a “40-thousand year old Venus.”

Germany: Frankfurt am Main

What will people of the future make of us and what we leave behind?

Germany: Halle

Hunting is depicted in this shard of ceramic dated to 5400 BC/BCE; human beings have always found need and ways to express themselves.

Germany: Leipzig

Behind the front altar at Lepizig’s St. Thomas Church is the final resting place for choir director and composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Germany: Worms (Warmaisa)

In western Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, these two graves are dated between 1058 and 1077. Worms formed one part of the ShUM, a medieval federation of three Jewish towns along the Rhine river.

México: Ciudad de México

Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec forest) is the largest park in México and in North America; Chapultepec in native Nahuatl means “grasshopper hill”. As precursor to Mexico City, Tenochtitlán was established by the Mexica Nahuatl-speaking people in 1325 AD/CE.

New Zealand: Wellington

In Wellington, modern “pou whenua” carved posts in the traditional Maori style are found at the summit of Mount Victoria or “Tangi-te-keo.”

USA: Albuquerque

In Albuquerque’s Rinconada Canyon, petroglyphs highlight the presence in the area of ancestral Puebloans as far back as 1000 AD/CE.

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Rinconada Canyon is one of three locations in the Petroglyph National Monument where visitors can see petroglyphs in Albuquerque. Located 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the Visitor Center, guests can see up to 500 petroglyphs in the rocks along a sandy dirt trail which is 2.5 miles (4 km) roundtrip. The path takes visitors into a narrow valley with sand dunes and surrounded by a volcanic escarpment created by an eruption about 200-thousand years ago. Archaeologists believe indigenous ancestral Puebloans created most of the 1200 petroglyphs known in the canyon from about 1000 to 1700 AD; Spanish settlers began making theirs by the 1600s. Pueblo elders believe petroglyph choose when and to whom they reveal themselves. Not all petroglyphs are visible in a single visit, because visibility depends on sun angle (time of day), cloud cover, and shadow. Petroglyph images include anthropomorphs (human-like figures), concentric circles and spirals, animal figures, and geometric designs. These images are used by Puebloan elders to teach children about their history, culture, and spiritual beliefs. Petroglyphs can teach us about how past human inhabitants lived and interacted with nature and thought about their relationship with nature; about the symbols’ relevance and importance to cultural and religious beliefs for Southwest Indians, Spanish, and Mexican peoples; and about how the symbols can hold different meanings for different people. Albuquerque, NM, 🇺🇸 – 6 Oct 2018 (HL, c6d img tags 94796, 94696, 94812, 94852).

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USA: Grand Canyon

The Colorado River began carving the Grand Canyon about 5 to 6 million years ago. The oldest “basement” rock in the canyon is dated to an age of 1700 million or 1.7 billion years. The most ancient rocks found on Earth are 4.5 billion years old.

I made all pictures above between 2009 and 2018; alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

11 Responses to “Tracers of human & geologic history (IG)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks! You’ll likely have seen that the Petroglyph National Monument has multiple locations to view petroglyphs. We only went to Rinconada Canyon, but I would be curious to know what the other locations are like to visit and for the variety of petroglyphs on view.


  1. pattimoed

    Fabulous, Henry! This is a great overview of some great historical sites/monuments/artifacts. I love the Venus statue. It is slightly different from others I’ve seen. From what I’ve read, the explanation for the distorted shape is it simulates the perspective of a small child looking up at a grown up woman. That’s why the head is so small. Fascinating.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Patti. As far as I know, there are many early representations of women at a similar time to the Venus statue. The Prehistory Museum in Blaubeuren (near Ulm) had many more examples, but this “Venus” was a particularly special find. What I didn’t know was that the small head and distorted shape were from the perspective of a small child looking up. Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment!


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