Aiken's Arch Pictographs

The pictographs inside of this arch, which formed from a collapsed lava tube, are some of the oldest, if not the oldest, in the East Mojave and have been dated to 9,300 BP. The symbols are mainly in red ochre and depict a variety of figures, primarily abstract, but a few humans are mixed in there as well.

The basalt walls of Black Tank Wash, on the way to the arch, are also covered in hundreds of petroglyphs that stretch off in both directions from the arch. It is a fascinating place.

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