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Petroglyphs

Here are the students from Mojave Mesa who traveled out to the Rodman Mountains to see the petroglyphs. We were miles and miles from civilization.


Petroglyphs

by Alexis

Petroglyphs are drawings of people, animals, and things that happened long ago. You can find petrogylphs at Lucerne Valley in the Rodman Mountains. The petroglyphs are called "rock art" engravings. Some people think the Cahuilla or the Chemehuevi Indians may have made them, but archeologists are not sure who did it. The scientists believe these Indians were living in the Mojave Desert 10,00 to 12,000 years ago. They survived by hunting animals and collecting plants.


When I went to the petroglyphs with my class it took an hour and thirty minutes to get there. We were in the middle of nowhere, but we found them. The rocks showed that this was a volcanic area. We found the petroglyphs on the rocks along the canyon walls. We found tons of petroglyphs. I couldn't believe it!


My class and I were amazed about the petroglyphs. We were amazed because there were so many kinds of petroglyphs. My class and I tried to figure out what they were trying to say, but we couldn't figure it out.



Can you tell what the this symbol means? Is it a person or a plant or something else?


Here is one of the petroglyphs on the canyon wall.

These figures were carved right on the volcanic rock along the canyon walls.



Here is one of the students relaxing on some rocks that have been smoothed by water. Water in the middle of the Mojave Desert? This canyon is called Deep Tank. The Indians would close up one end of the canyon to trap the water in this "tank." The rocks at the bottom of the canyon were much smoother than the rocks higher up on the canyon walls.



Some students looking closely at a petroglyph they found in the canyon. Did the Indians come here because they could find water?



Here is Aiden taking another digital picture of a petroglyph.



The Lizard I Found at Deep Tank

by Wade.

This lizard is a crevice spiny lizard. I jumped off a rock and all of a sudden I saw something scurry away. I saw that it was a lizard. I have found many lizards before, but nothing like this. I stayed very still and took its picture with my digital camera.

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