Brown Bag Talk When Lightning Strikes Twice: Correlating Lightning Strikes and Rock Art Imagery

Brown Bag Talk When Lightning Strikes Twice: Correlating Lightning Strikes and Rock Art Imagery

July 31, 2024 12:00 pm
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01:00 pm

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology

Lightning strikes are one of the most visually impressive elements in nature. It's no surprise, then, that we have long been fascinated by the power of lightning. Evidence of this fascination is seen in the frequent depictions of lightning in Native American rock art images.

John Lawrence Pitts, research associate at the Laboratory of Anthropology, New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, has studied the phenomenon of lightning bolt tracks on rock/cliff surfaces, called "rock fulgurites", for years.

Pitt will offer a special Brown Bag talk on the correlation of lightning strikes and rock art imagery at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology. His presentation will focus on specific theories concerning the relationship between rock fulgurites and rock art imagery portraying nature and human survival throughout the American Southwest.

Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA)

7 Old Cochiti Road

Santa Fe, NM 87507

505.476.4404

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