Ancient Webcam Rock Art

The petroglyphs at Grimes Point, east of Fallon, Nevada,  are estimated to range in age from over 7,000 to about 500 years old.  The most linear and picture-like of these appear to be the most recent, chipped into the rock between  3,000 and 500 years ago. Scientists speculate on their meaning based on what they resemble or appear to symbolize and where they are found, but nobody can say for certain what most of them really mean.

One of my favorites bears a remarkable resemblance to the “webcam” placemark icon in Google Earth (above). What do you think: doesn’t this strongly suggest the use of webcams at Grimes Point (to keep an eye on wildlife at favorite hunting locations) more than five centuries ago?




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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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