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Roseville in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Maidu Interpretive Center
 
Petroglyph Area Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
1. Petroglyph Area Marker
 
Inscription.
Petroglyph Area
“Petro” means rock, “Glyph” means writing. Archeologists speculate that pre-historic cultures used petroglyphs to depict aspects of ceremonial significance. These petroglyphs, which are carved in metamorphosed sandstone rock, are estimated to date back to pre-Maidu occupation from 5,000 – 10,000 years ago. In 1972, these petroglyphs and interpretive site were placed on the National Register of Historic Sites at the Smithsonian Institute.
 
Location. 38° 44.28′ N, 121° 14.76′ W. Marker is in Roseville, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from Johnson Ranch Drive. Click for map. Marker is located on the trail, a short walk from the Museum building. Coordinates are of the entrance to the museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville CA 95661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roseville Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roseville - Placer County Vietnam Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Roseville Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive (approx. 2.2 miles away); Roseville’s First City Hall (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bank of Italy Building (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2.3 miles away); McRae Building (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roseville.
 
Petroglyph Area Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
2. Petroglyph Area Marker
 

 
Regarding Maidu Interpretive Center. The Maidu Interpretive Center consists of a museum with several permanent and rotating exhibits, and a mile long interpretive trail. Indoor flash photos are not allowed. Along the trail are grinding rocks and petroglyphs. There are interpretive signs detailing the life of the Maidu culture explaining the use of plants, trees, natural marshes, wildlife, etc.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Maidu Interpretive Center. From The City of Roseville website. (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Maidu. A very informative history of the Maidu people of Northern California. (Submitted on October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Petroglyphs Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
3. Petroglyphs
 
 
Petroglyphs Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
4. Petroglyphs
 
 
Grinding Rocks/Bedrock Mortars Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
5. Grinding Rocks/Bedrock Mortars
Maidu Indians used grinding rocks as food preparation utensils. Archeologists use the term, “bedrock mortars” to describe these unique tools, which were found standing alone or found among rocks. Indian women used the grinding rock, along with a linear rock called a “pestle”, to grind grass seeds, acorns and other foods during the food preparation process, which included gathering, storing, teaching and cooking. Other utensils such as baskets, stones, brushes and stirring sticks were also used in cooking. Food preparation, as with most aspects [...] was considered a sacred job.
 
 
Grinding Rocks and Bedrock Mortars Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
6. Grinding Rocks and Bedrock Mortars
A seasonal marsh can be seen in the background. These were also an important part of the Maidu culture.
 
 
Grinding Rocks Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, October 16, 2009
7. Grinding Rocks
These grinding rocks are located at the base of a "ceremonial rock" seen earlier on the trail.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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