MPPP founder Katherine Wells was invited to write an article for the 2016 Spring/Summer issue of Chronicles of the Trail/Crónicas del Camino, the journal of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Association (CARTA), about the Historic Period petroglyphs on Mesa Prieta. The title is Treasure Trove of Petroglyphs at the Terminus of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. As a result of the work of the MPPP we now know that the 12-mile long landform has the largest number of images from the period showing European influence in what is now the United States. They include crosses, horses, churches, soldiers with weapons, women in skirts and, most remarkably, about a dozen heraldic lion images like the one found on the flag of the King of Spain and other royal objects. Katherine's article underlines the importance of the fact that European settlement in the Southwest began in 1598 at the south end of Mesa Prieta. Before Jamestown in Virginia or Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts the Spanish had settled at Ohkay Owingeh, a little recognized event that still ripples through our national history.
CARTA will hold a meeting at Los Luceros on July 21st. MPPP Project Director, Janet MacKenzie, will give a presentation about Mesa Prieta and the work of the MPPP.