Using Rock Art to Infer the Migration of Peoples

Author(s): Jon Harman

Year: 2015


The Great Mural rock art region of Baja California is unique in several ways. The content and style of the art is severely constrained and well differentiated from other nearby rock art styles. Within the Great Mural region there is some variation over time and space. This variation combined with the overall conservative nature of the art allows for inferences about the movement of people making the art. There are stylistic elements of Great Mural panels in the Sierra de San Borja that indicate that the painters migrated from the Sierra de Guadalupe, rather than the closer Sierra de San Francisco. Superpositions in the Sierra de Guadalupe indicate that the Sierra de San Francisco painters also migrated from the Sierra de Guadalupe in a separate event.

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Using Rock Art to Infer the Migration of Peoples. Jon Harman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395811)