Grimes Point Petroglyphs

East of Fallon, Nevada, at the south end of the Lahontan Mountains, lies Grimes Point. Scattered across this hillside is an extensive collection of petroglyphs that are some 500 to 5,000 years old. They were created by “paleoindians” in what was probably a prime hunting location, near wetlands on the shores of the now vanished Lake Lahontan. Below are a few examples in the relatively recent curvilinear style.  These were made by chipping away the desert varnish (a dark brown coating on the rock, formed though the action of myxobacteria) to reveal the lighter gray of the basalt under the surface. What do they mean and why are they here? What was this place like several thousand years ago? If there were tules, willows, and a lake shore nearby, it was probasbly a lot cooler than the day I came to visit.

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Grimes Point Petroglyphs 1

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Grimes Point Petroglyphs 2

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Grimes Point Petroglyphs 3

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Grimes Point Petroglyphs

  1. Ursula says:

    maybe we could squeeze some of these in with the October show and nobody would notice 🙂

  2. Greg says:

    How neat that the rock art is so accessible and, it appears, not vandalized. Lately I’ve been hunting for Chumash rock art in the local S.B. mountains, but it’s very hard to find, both because it’s hidden in dense chaparral, and because locations are not published out of fear of vandalism. But it sure is neat to run across some.

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