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Gilroy in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Rock Art

Arte lítico

 
 
Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 17, 2022
1. Rock Art Marker
Inscription.  
Petroglyphs are marking that are pecked, scratched, grooved or cut onto a rock surface. Two petroglygh types are present at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park – cupules (small cup-like depressions) and cup-and-ring forms (concentric circles with a center depression).

Archeologists and rock art specialists do not understand their exact meaning or the reasons why the prehistoric Native American people created these images here. Rock art research conducted elsewhere in California and North America associates petroglyphs with puberty rites, fertility, rain making, fishing and hunting, astronomy and spiritual ritual. How do you think these petroglyphs were used?

Under favorable lighting conditions one or more cup and ring petroglyphs can be seen on this and surrounding rock faces.

Los petroglifos son trazos sobre piedra con marcas de líneas picadas, respadas o cortadasen el superficiede las rocas. En el Parque del Chitactac-Adams se observan dos tipos de petroglifos: formas de cúpulas con apariencia de tacitas, de anillos y círculos concéntricos con oquedades al centro.

Los
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arqueólogos y los especialistas en arte lítico aún no han descifrado el significado exacto de las inscripciones o cuáles fueron las razones por las que los antiguos indios americanos crearon imágenes aquí. Los estudios sobre arte lítico realizados en diferentes partesde California y Norte América asosian estos petroglifos con ritos de pubertad, fertilidad, lluvia, pesca, caza, movimiento de los astros y otros motivos sagrados. A usted, ¿qué le dicen estos letreros?

Bajo condiciones favorables de iluminacíon, se aprecian en esta roca y en otros cercanas, trazos con forma de una o más tazas y un anillo

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArts, Letters, MusicNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 37° 1.868′ N, 121° 39.466′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Watsonville Road (County Road G8), on the right when traveling south. The marker is mounted to a metal stand on the trail at the northwestern tip of the Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10001 Watsonville Road, Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohlone Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Food Processing
Rock Art Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, April 17, 2022
2. Rock Art Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); A journey of a Lifetime (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); School Days (about 300 feet away); Uvas Creek (about 400 feet away); Arrival of the Spanish (about 400 feet away); Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park (about 400 feet away); Ranchos and Growth (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilroy.
 
Also see . . .  Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park.
"This beautiful and culturally significant 4.5 acre park site is located just minutes from the cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill."
(Submitted on May 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 15, 2024