February 18, 2010
I have driven through the Carrizo Plain several times over the last few years but never really stopped to smell the roses that this national monument offered. On my way back to Lompoc from the Mojave Desert, I decided I would stop at one of these roses, the Painted Rock. Painted Rock is a horseshoe-shaped formation of sandstone rocks with Native American pictographs. One of the three major forms of Native American rock art, a pictograph as defined by the Archaeology Wordsmith is "Any design, picture, or drawing painted on a surface (usually rock/stone) and used to represent a thing, action, or event. Pictographs are believed to be the earliest form in the development of writing (pictography). It represents a form of nonverbal communication used by non-literate people."
|Painted Rock from afar|
I would chronicle my visit in a manner that is less intrusive and more fitting for our times—photographs and a blog post.
|The horseshoe of Painted Rock|
|Pictographs on the inner walls of Painted Rock|
|Historic graffiti on Painted Rock|