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Rock Art at Little Lake: An Ancient Crossroads in the California Desert

Edited by Jo Anne Van Tilburg
Edited by Gordon Hull
Edited by John C. Bretney

Recipient of the Jo Anne Stolaroff Cotsen Prize

The product of ten years of fieldwork at Little Lake Ranch in the Rose Valley, the southern gateway to the Owens Valley, this book presents the results of intensive rock art analyses carried out by the interdisciplinary research team of the UCLA Rock Art Archive. The research attempts to establish a connective web of associations to break down traditional but artificial barriers between rock art and the rest of archaeology. Through time-honored methods of stylistic analysis, the focus is on recent breakthroughs in the analysis of meaning and religion in the context of landscape attributes and ecological opportunities. Regional or ethnic differences suggested by the rock art record has made it possible to create a flexible analytical framework containing previously unpublished or overlooked archaeological excavation and object data.

This book describes the occurrence, concentration, distribution, and formal variation of pecked and painted motifs. Scratched, pecked, and painted patterns are analyzed separately. Full-color illustrations throughout enhance the physical appeal of this beautiful book.


Jo Anne Van Tilburg is an archaeologist and director of the UCLA Rock Art Archive, The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Gordon E. Hull is a retired aerospace industry professional who served as computer analyst for the UCLA Rock Art Initiative from 1992 to 2012.

John C. Bretney is an aerospace engineer who joined the UCLA Rock Art Archive field and research group in 1997.

Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 280 pages 188 color photos, 110 figures, 13 maps, 23 tables