Red-on-granite rock painting in the Sierra de San Borja, Baja California

  • Hany Crosby
    Independent researcher.
Keywords: Paintings cave paintings, Natural paints, human paintings


New discoveries in Baja California, north of the 28th parallel contradict an old tradition, and push the boundary of the Great Mural paintings further north than had been previously suggested. The new area not only displays works akin in size and subject matter to their more southern counterparts, but also shows some changes in choice of surfaces, paint colors, and stylistic conventions. Seven sites are reported; many others are predicted.


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Hany Crosby
Independent researcher.