Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hickison Petroglyphs April 8, 2011

My next two blogposts are about Native American rock art sites near Austin Nevada.

Directions: The Hickison petroglyphs are located on US 50 in central Nevada approximately 20 miles to east of Austin, Nevada. The petroglyphs are on BLM land on the top of Hickison summit. There are six panels of petroglyphs to look at on two nature trails of varying length the longest one approximately 0.6 miles long. Be sure to take some time to look around because this is a beautiful area. RESPECT the petroglyphs. PRESERVE for future generations!!!

History: The Big Smoky Valley of Nevada has many prehistoric sites such as Hickison and Toquima some of which date back 11,000 to 12,000 years. This area was important for prehistoric people because of the presence of two lakes: Lake Toiyabe 25 miles to south and Lake Tonopah near Tonopah. The lakes supported a wide range of plants and animals used by the Native Americans. It is believed these petroglyphs were created by the Western Shoshone who lived in the area around 1850. The following photos are some petroglyphs a visitor could see at the site. (Thanks to BLM pamphlet for information).

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