Calico Basin 9

calicobasin9-005  This is the first of many shelters that I came across, and most of them showed signs of having been lived in at one time or another.  Because of the proximity of hiking trails, some of the shelters have been used in the recent past, and others appear to be in their original condition. calicobasin9-011  There is fire blackening in the upper rear right corner of the shelter.  The rocks in the foreground are possibly part of a sleeping area or hearth; obliviously we cannot move things around to make a better assessment of what we are looking at. calicobasin9-015 calicobasin9-025  Another shelter with possible fire pit and seat.  We could not ascertain if it was historic or not.
calicobasin9-026 calicobasin9-028 calicobasin9-041  I photographed this shelter several years ago, but I was never able to get information from BLM as to whether the shelter and wall was historic or not. calicobasin9-069
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calicobasin9-073 calicobasin9-075 calicobasin9-080  There are multiple shelters in this area. calicobasin9-076  Old or new… maybe a cooking area??
calicobasin9-079 calicobasin9-083  The only flaked or partial tool that I have seen in this area. calicobasin9-084 calicobasin9-086
calicobasin9-089 calicobasin9-094  This boulder should be covered with rock art, but not this time.  Animals have been bedding down on the side facing the camera and on the other side is a possible habitat. calicobasin9-093  The only glyph on this rock and it’s fake. calicobasin9-099
calicobasin9-097 calicobasin9-101  The only glyph on this rock and it’s fake. calicobasin9-102  On the backside is a possible habitat.  There is also what looks like a metate in the center of the photograph. calicobasin9-105  Possible metate in a large rock.
calicobasin9-106 calicobasin9-125  There appears to be habitats on three sides, with one of those being a small shelter. calicobasin9-118 calicobasin9-122
calicobasin9-108 calicobasin9-117 calicobasin9-111  A pile of rocks, use unknown.  In some areas rocks were placed in piles next to a trail at the beginning and end of the trail as a tribute for a safe journey.  Another possibility is it’s an old mining claim marker. calicobasin9-115
calicobasin9-129  Another shelter with a small group of rocks - possibly a cooking area.  Without disturbing the area, it’s difficult to tell if this is a recent historic site or an oldie. calicobasin9-131 calicobasin9-240  This is a unique site.  Beneath the boulder is a large area that at one time may have been a shelter, but part-to-all of it was used as a cooking area or an oven much like a roasting pit.  Our first guess is that a hole was dug beneath the boulder and a fire would be started to heat rocks.  Then, much like a Hawaiian luau, the critter or plants were placed in the pit and covered over with additional heated rocks.  The light-colored rocks in front of the boulder were probably used as covering or perhaps were part of the original cooking pit.  When the meal was ready, they would pull the small rocks out of the pit uncovering a fully-cooked critter. calicobasin9-265
calicobasin9-243  The light-colored rocks are an indicator of having been heated. calicobasin9-189  Debris rocks from the cooking pit. calicobasin9-191 calicobasin9-218
calicobasin9-221  A possible ring in the debris area. calicobasin9-194  The main cooking pit is under the face of the rock. calicobasin9-185  Looking back towards the cooking pit. calicobasin9-187
calicobasin9-196 calicobasin9-198 calicobasin9-199  More evidence of cooking is the heavy fire blacking on the ceiling. calicobasin9-214  The ceiling above the cooking area.
calicobasin9-215 calicobasin9-205  Cooking pit. calicobasin9-207 calicobasin9-211
calicobasin9-228  In this alcove we noticed a “worked” piece of bone. calicobasin9-231 calicobasin9-232 calicobasin9-237  There are no naturally-occurring holes in this rock.  The holes appear to be abraded or ground by some type of implement.
calicobasin9-238 calicobasin9-142  This is the backside of the “cooking rock” and on it is a small, but very nice rock art panel. calicobasin9-234  Several of the elements in this panel are also repeated in nearby rock art sites.  Fortunately the graffiti above the panel did not directly harm the petroglyphs. calicobasin9a-002
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calicobasin9a-042 calicobasin9a-044 calicobasin9-253  Not far from this location is another roasting pit that does not have the traditional “pit” in the center.  If it is a roasting pit, then it may be an unopened pit which is not very common.  Also in this area (barely visible in this photo) is a possible rock alignment and rock arrangement. calicobasin9-257  You can see patterns below, but I am not sure if they are historic or prehistoric.  This would be a perfect place for a Quadcopter.
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calicobasin9a-048 calicobasin9a-056  This is looking down on a closed (not dug) roasting pit.  The pit is approximately 15’ to 18’ across and the center is about 3’ to 4’ across.   Obviously we cannot be sure, but the pit (gray and white rocks) and the center (also gray and white rocks, but slightly raised) look like a traditional roasting pit, except in this case the center has not been dug. calicobasin9a-054  The un-dug center of pit. calicobasin9a-050  The pit at ground level.
calicobasin9a-065  An associated rock ring. calicobasin9a-067