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Petroglyphs Losing Ground to Time, Trash, and Graffiti

​ASOTIN, Washington –"Devo Rules" at Buffalo Eddy. Or so says a message spray-painted on rocks across the road from Indian petroglyphs perhaps several thousand years old. The reference to the music group Devo is apparently of more recent origin. The Snake River site 14 miles south of Asotin offers glimpses into two cultures: the petroglyphs left behind by prehistoric peoples and the graffiti deposited by 20th century visitors. Most of the petroglyphs pecked into rocks along the river bank are faint now. In spite of centuries of weathering from wind, water, ice and lichens, they still tell how ancestors of the Nez Perce Tribe survived there. Many figures at Buffalo Eddy, which is located on b


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