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Near Pine Grove in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings)

 
 
Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 10, 2008
1. Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings) Marker
Inscription. In addition to the bedrock mortars, over 363 petroglyph designs are carved into the surface of the marbleized outcropping of limestone. This association of rock art and grinding pits is unique in California. Except for one other small site, Chaw’se has the only known occurrence of mortars intentionally decorated with petroglyphs.
     The designs were created by pecking through the darker weathered rock surface to expose the contrasting lighter-colored underlying stone.
     The meaning and significance of these geometric forms including concentric circles, sun-disks, spoke wheels, wavy lines, dot elements, tracks of humans and animals remains a mystery to this day - 2,000 to 3,000 years after they were carved.
     Some evidence suggests the petroglyphs were made ceremonially, and are not aimless “doodling”, to attain various results such as: good luck in hunting, human fertility, weather control, health, prosperity, and the like. There are many theories about these ancient symbols, but their significant meaning may carefully be hidden from the uninitiated.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY MEAN?
     The marble grinding rock is fragile and very susceptible to weathering and chipping. The natural elements are claiming many of the petroglyphs and they are now becoming difficult to see.
     Please
Chaw'se or Grinding Rock image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 10, 2008
2. Chaw'se or Grinding Rock
Marker is at the end of the observation deck
stay off the rock and do not throw objects, coins or rocks into the mortars. Treat this irreplaceable reminder of the old world with respect.
 
Location. 38° 25.463′ N, 120° 38.561′ W. Marker is near Pine Grove, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Pine Grove Volcano Road 0.3 miles north of Bryson Lane. Click for map. Marker is located in Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park; the above directions are to the intersection of Pine Grove Volcano Road and the park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Pine Grove CA 95665, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chaw'se (here, next to this marker); Hun'ge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chaw Sé Roundhouse (about 400 feet away); Pine Grove (approx. 1.2 miles away); Volcano Masonic Cave (approx. 1.3 miles away); Moose Milk (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. George Hotel (approx. 1.4 miles away); General Store (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pine Grove.
 
More about this marker. Marker may reached by a 1/4 mile trail from the parking area to the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. Official California State Parks
Chaw'se or Grinding Rock image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 10, 2008
3. Chaw'se or Grinding Rock
View to south from marker on observation deck
website. (Submitted on February 21, 2014.) 
 
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Chaw'se or Grinding Rock image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 10, 2008
4. Chaw'se or Grinding Rock
View to north from marker on observation deck
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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