This totally blows my mind! – After doing a little research on the internet, I found out that the Archaeological Ruins at Oak Flat was listed as a Priority Prehistoric Resource Area in 2010 and now this unique area is about to be totally destroyed by mining activity. How can this happen??
I think it is very important for people to see exactly what is going to be destroyed which is one of the primary reasons I am publishing my photos at this time. The following 2 posts will document some of the most unique and beautiful archaeological treasures and rock formations at Oak Flat.
During our second trip to the area we camped on a ledge overlooking the oak groves that must have been heavily used by ancient Native Americans. It was covered with several bowl shaped pits and basins that were undoubtedly used in the preparation of food. The amount of pits on this ledge totally blew my mind! As I walked along the ledge, off in the distance I spotted one of the most unique rock formations at Oak Flat which I have nicknamed the castle. I will be posting pictures of the Castle at Oak Flat in my next post.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the sacredness of this area to the Apache people, I suggest reading about the Massacre at Apache Leap at the following link:
The ground near our second camp was covered with unique quilt-like polygons.
Some of the basins were quite large, and I wondered if perhaps they were used to catch rainwater?
This little canal looked to me like it had been deliberately cut into the rock but for what reason?
A large beautiful Agave specimen I spotted on the way to the Castle rock formation.