Local Event: SDCAS Lecture: Ritual Symbols in Rock Art: Cupules and Incised Grooves in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, Texas

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Los Peñasquitos Adobe. Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. (Off Black Mountain Road, beyond Canyonside Community Park.)

Presented by Cara Ratner.

This talk, by archaeologist Cara Ratner, examines whether indigenous women’s fertility is represented in rock art depictions, known as cupules and groove marks, in the archaeological record.  Cupules are small rounded depressions, usually four to six centimeters in diameter and two to three centimeters in depth. Groove marks are deeply and narrowly incised lines rarely more than two centimeters in depth.  Ms. Ratner systematically documented and contextualized the pit and groove rock art style in the Lower Pecos, Texas, and tested whether cupules and groove marks are tied to a functional purpose with an experimental project.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  For directions or additional information, call the San Diego County Archaeological Society at (858) 538-0935, or visit www.sdcas.org.

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