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Citizen Science: Rock Art Recording Workshop April 20-21, 2019

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Lucerne Valley

Highway 247 and Rock Camp Road

Lucerne Valley, CA 000000

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Do more than discover the mystery of the enigmatic symbols left behind by the Indigenous Peoples. Be part of a recording effort to document the petroglyph sites located within the Rodman Mountains Wilderness Area with Archaeologist Daniel McCarthy. McCarthy will lead participants on an ancient petroglyph site that needs mapping, recording and photographing several hundred petroglyphs that are over a thousand years old. While recording the participants will see a glimpse into the life of the Native Nations through petroglyphs preserved in stone. Each weekend field class will camp at the wilderness boundary and walk within a half mile to systematically document an important Native American archaeological site. The site is located on the edge of an ancient lava flow and cinder cone that make up a portion of the Rodman Mountains. Background discussions will include the people who made these images, how they were created, and their importance to those who created them and to us today. This is a great opportunity to participate in a recording project of petroglyphs. The recording effort will seek information about the seasonal patterns of movement across the landscape of the Native Peoples, their places of habitation, and the reason they traveled through and to this area. Participants can sign up for one or multiple weekends. "Dry-camping" will be conducted, but is not required.

Participants will drive about 30 miles from the meeting place to the designated parking area at the Rodman Mtns. Carpooling is encouraged.

Download the course outline: Citizen Science: Rock Art Recording Workshop April 20-21

Hike Level: Moderate (Fitness Levels)

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Before registering, please take the time to review our General Class Information and download the Enrollment Attachments, that contain pertinent information about your class and Joshua Tree National Park. Camping reservations must be made through recreation.gov

Please print and fill out the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT. You can bring the completed form to the class.



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