East Side Site (Site 4)
What you will see here are:
In 2018, I explored the east side of the moraine and concentrated on that side closest to the Habitation areas. I found numerous (20 – 30) petroglyphs close to the upper edge and at distances down towards the bottom of the tumbled rock. Many of the petroglyphs were darkly patinated and I am assuming of great age. Some of the petroglyphs were made on “Bell Rocks” and the artists must have been amused by the sound made when the glyphs were inscribed. Some of the glyphs showed creatures penetrated by Atlatyl darts.
One unique glyph (Surfboard) incorporated the shape of the flat face of a boulder as an outline or border for the artists internal drawn figure. This outline carefully following the edge of the boulder face within a few millimeters without chipping the edge of the glyph. (See photo East 4)
I also found two more Lookout Posts about 15 meters up from the base of the falda. Exploring 300 meters or so further south from the Habitations site yielded no more petroglyphs.
Regarding the Lookout Posts noted above: There were two located on both the east and west side. I had originally pictured these depressions as Hides for hunting. On further reflection I believe that these Hides were populated not as a lookout for game, but as a lookout post or ambush location for other indigenous clans who may not have been welcome at this site. This suggests a degree of warring between clans during some period of time when the site was in use. It would also suggest a high degree of importance attributed to this site.
Typical of the rock falda on the East Side. View looking east.
Photo East 2 by author
One of the Lookout Posts on the East Side. about 1.5 meters across and at least a meter deep
Photo East 3 by author
2 glyphs. Fish on left with Turtle superimposed. Spear/dart from top left to bottom right of turtle. Patterned turtle shell.
Photo East 10_lrd by author
The photo series above shows a turtle with distinctive pattern on the shell, different from last turtle. Also shows atlatyl dart or spear, penetrating neck of turtle from viewers left to right. Seems to be some attachment to the shaft of the dart?
Possible anthropomorph 15cms high with two left feet (just like the way I dance, says Diane!)
Photo East 24 by author (with two left feet)
Two images. On left is fish with spear/dart passing through from top to bottom behind dorsal fin. On right is “U” shaped image with pecking over the edge.
Photo East 27 by author
Is this the best for last? A highly unusual semi-abstract glyph of male anthropomorph about 60 cms high with discernable eyes, nose and mouth on head. Bumps on top left and right of head could be a headdress. Fingers and toes discernable. “Door handle” on left of torso ? Narrow, out-of-proportion thorax compared to stomach area. Also below right hand, a glyph of vulva with four figures below that may be fish. Or, gentle reader, is the round object the decapitated head, arguably with facial features, of some opposing shaman? Again, some features extend over edge of rock. Very unusual to have any facial features shown in a pictograph or a petroglyph.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Piedras Pintados and the four sites contained therein.