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Rock Art Containing Solar Symbols Found in Mexico

A shot of one of the many solar-shaped petroglyphs in Narigua, Coahuila. Screen capture taken from video by andreadi1953 posted below.

Around 8000 petroglyphs have been found along the side of a mountain in Narigua, Coahuila, in Northern Mexico.1

The petroglyphs are carved on 500 rocks scattered along the mountain and contain symbols like crosses, concentric circles, and the sun, which are symbols often found in cultures who celebrated the Religion of the Sun.

The Narigua petroglyphs are proposed to be around 6000 years old, based on dating that has been done at other petroglyphs nearby.2 It’s uncertain that this date is exact given that rock art is extremely difficult to date without a supporting context and some of the nearby sites have a wide range of dates.3

Interestingly, there are over 600 sites containing rock art clustered together in Northern Mexico.4 One of these sites is Boca de Potrerillos, which contains thousands of petroglyphs with many of the same types of symbols found at the Coahuila site. Remarkably, the petroglyphs at Boca de Potrerillos were found to have been placed intentionally to face the rising sun and have solstice and equinox alignments.5

While it remains somewhat of a mystery who created this rock art and when, the symbols depicted in the Narigua petroglyphs (and similar sites in the area) show the presence of peoples or cultures who placed an importance on symbols of the sun.

More information on Boca de Potrerillos and other significant sites in this area will be posted in upcoming articles.

Here is a video which shows many of the petroglyphs found in Narigua:


  1. The site has been studied by INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) in Mexico.  

  2. “Hallan petrograbados de seis mil años de antigüedad en México (Fotos).” LaPatillacom. Accessed October 28, 2017. https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2013/07/09/hallan-petrograbados-de-seis-mil-anos-de-antiguedad-en-mexico-fotos/.  

  3.  MURRAY W.B. 2012. — Early rock art of the Americas as reflected in the Northeast Mexican corridor. In: CLOTTES J. (dir.), L’art pléistocène dans le monde / Pleistocene art of the world / Arte pleistoceno en el mundo, Actes du Congrès IFRAO, Tarasconsur-Ariège, septembre 2010, Symposium « Art pléistocène dans les Amériques ». N° spécial de Préhistoire, Art et Sociétés, Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées, LXV-LXVI, 2010-2011, CD: p. 643-654.  

  4. Ibid.  

  5. Cotte, Michel, and Clive Ruggles. “Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention – A Thematic Study.” Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention – A Thematic Study, June 2010, 54-56.  

About the author

Vida Norris

Vida Norris is a writer and researcher who contributes to the SpiritualSun.com. With a background in permaculture design and landscaping, Vida has a deep interest in the ancient civilizations who practiced the Religion of the Sun and how they lived sustainably and with seemingly higher consciousness and interest in spirituality. She explores ancient sacred sites and pores over ancient texts, with the hope of bringing back the relevance of the Religion of the Sun to those interested in spirituality today.

12 Comments

  • What really struck me the most seeing these petroglyphs was the variety of the methods that were used around the world to represent the spirituality of the sun. They seem so simple carved on those rocks and yet representing something very deep and of a great value to those who made them.

  • I found it very relaxing to watch that video at full screen with the sound on. The audio is just the wind through the brush and over the hill. Gave a really good sense of what it’s like to be there I think.

    Petroglyphs are so fascinating. Having visited a few, when you observe them in silence I feel there can be almost a kind of connection between you and the people who made them. What’s even more alluring is when you can see all the symbols of the sun, you know those who made them had a connection with the ancient Religion of the Sun in some way.

  • Makes you wonder who created these symbols, yet another example of the worship of the sun and the importance of the symbols, thanks

  • Interesting, thanks for posting this Vida. Quite clear evidence of the lost civilization of the sun’s influence in yet another part of the world.

    Also it’s one thing to see on video, but quite another I imagine to see such a vast display of ancient sun symbols etched into stone in person (i.e. must have quite an impression and impact).

  • These are really interesting. Some of them remind me a bit of sun symbol petroglyphs found in Toro Muerto, Peru (I included one example of those in the astronomical sun symbols gallery: https://www.spiritualsun.com/religion-of-the-sun/symbols?mgi_490=14705/astronomical-sun-symbol, especially in the way they were carved out with deeper grooves).

    The petroglyphs facing east / towards sunrise at the other site also sound very interesting — reminiscent of so many dolmens, megalithic structures, shrines, etc. also purposefully aligned in that direction all over the world.

  • Seems like such a remote and wild place. It makes me wonder who created these and under what circumstances. Clearly they had a reverence for the sun — just another example of common solar symbols appearing in disparate places.

    Perhaps these finds will spark archaeological investigation in the area to help shed more light on the culture responsible for these. The potential date of 6,000 years old is extremely ancient.

  • These symbols really turn up everywhere. Thanks for sharing this discovery Vida; it further shows the global extent of this religious practice.

    Now we just need to see if these symbols got as far as Antarctica 😉

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