Rock Paintings found in Baja California

The Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Baja California reported that during field investigations carried out in 2017 and 2018, information was collected on the existence of rock paint sites located within a reserve and in neighboring ranches and other privte properties, so experts proceeded to register these sites.

Rock Paintings

Each of the 16 sites has dozens of motifs, which are engraved on stones and rocks. The different designs and patterns range from simple geometric forms, to complex networks of straight, wavy, broken lines, circles and anthropomorphic motifs, flowers, birds and reptiles. These ancient artists finished their work using rudimentary sharp stone made tools, to patiently scratch the rock’s surface.

Researchers said that the sites have been named by locals as follows:

  • Rancho Amado
  • Los Sacrificios
  • La Niña
  • La Pinta
  • La Santa María
  • El Chayo
  • Las Pintas de Cruz
  • Cerro Bola
  • La Codorniz

Photo: INAH

Anthropologist Jaime Vélez Storey, director of Centro INAH BC, documented the findings with help from archaeologists Enah Montserrat Fonseca Ibarra, from INAH Baja California and Fiorella Fenoglio Limón, from INAH Querétaro, as well as biologist Héctor Sánchez Márquez, from “Asociación Civil Terra Peninsular“.

Photo: INAH

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