August 25, 2017
The AIA-St. Louis Society held their first meeting of Fall 2017 during the solar eclipse at the highly significant rock art site (23WA1) inside of Washington State Park near DeSoto, Missouri. Bill Mayberry, naturalist for Missouri State Parks, led a tour of the petroglyph site while Michael Fuller, Neathery Fuller, and Eric Fuller discussed the possible association of one panel with solar eclipses. Over 2,000 visitors were at the park to witness the total solar eclipse that occurred at 1:16 pm. Many of visitors stopped to talk with the team from AIA-St. Louis Society. Special permission for close-up study and photography of the petroglyphs during the eclipse was granted to Professor Michael Fuller by Missouri State Parks. The eclipse was spectacular, new discoveries were made studying the petroglyphs, and over a 1,000 members and visitors learned about archaeoastronomy.