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Maybe “David” was a popular name in pre-Columbian Utah

July 6, 2021

I’m veering away from California for a bit because I just returned from a long road trip to the Southwest, and I have things to say.

Our first stop was Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, which isn’t just a place you go to look at dinosaur bones (though the dinosaur bones are pretty awesome). There’s a lot of human history in the park, too.

Petroglyphs like this one were left by the Fremont people, who once lived in and around eastern Utah and western Colorado. They were carefully carved into the iron and manganese oxide stains that naturally form on sandstone cliffs. Most of these designs are around a thousand years old. And so, I think I speak for all of us when I say:

No one likes you, David.

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