California Rock Art Foundation Newsletter
Wishing You A Joyful Holiday Season 
And  A Happy New Year 
From Your Friends At CRAF
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CRAF Welcomes New Board Members
and Wishes Good Luck to One Who Has Retired

Congratulations to Bill Hyder, Betsy Lindsay and Paul Goldsmith 
who were recently elected to the CRAF Board!  
We are happy to them join us. 

We also bid best wishes to Mary Gordon who has decided to retire from the CRAF Board in order to devote more time to other areas of her life. Mary is one of the few original founders of CRAF and was instrumental in making CRAF's launch a success. We are extremely thankful for her countless contributions to CRAF and to the field of rock art studies. We are  sad to have her leave our Board, but we hope we'll see her around. 
We wish Mary good luck in all her endeavors.     

It Is Time to Renew Your CRAF Membership for 2017
CRAF Memberships Also Make A Great Gift!

NEW FOR 2017:
The first field trip is included with your paid CRAF membership OR RENEWAL.
That's essentially one free field trip each year!

If you paid your CRAF membership in the last few months, it will be carried through 2017.  
You should receive a letter soon confirming your membership.  
Happy Holidays! 

Contact Christine if you have any questions about membership:

Click here to join CRAF or renew your membership
Upcoming Events

Trip to Western Riverside County,
Sunday, January 15, 2017:

Beat the mid-winter blahs with a visit to some outstanding rock art sites in western Riverside County, Sunday, January 15.  This tour will be of particular interest to pictograph fans. It starts in Anza, CA and ends up in Perris, CA.  There is a "rain date" reserved for two weeks later on January 28/29.  Thank you to Rich Colman for arranging this trip. 

Additional trips will occur spring 2017.  Trips and other events will be posted on our website.

Click here for more information or to register.
ARARA Call for Papers

ARARA 2017 Conference
The Lodge at Eagle Crest
Redmond, Oregon
June 1-5, 2017

Presenters Must Register for the Conference

Deadline for Submission is February 1, 2017  

Recent Rock Art Publications

Ritual, Ceremony and Symbolism of Archaic Bighorn Hunters of the Eastern Mojave Desert: Newberry Cave, California
Alan P. Garfinkel, Donald Austin, Adella Schroth, Paul Goldsmith and Ernest H. Siva,
Rock Art Research 33:2, 193-208

A Review and Some Preliminary Reflections on A Study of the Coso Patterned Body Anthropomorphs by Caroline S. Maddock 2015.
Marissa Selena Molinar and Alan P. Garfinkel.
Maturango Museum Publication 26. Ridgecrest, California. First edition. May 2015

An Archaeological Analysis of CA-MRP-402: Investigating Beyond the Rock Art Images
Christine Grimaldi Clarkson
SCA Proceedings 29. 127-143

Projectile Point Petroglyphs of the Coso Range: Chronology and Function
Alan P. Garfinkel and J. Kenneth Pringle

The Whirlwind is A Ghost Dancing*: The Mirror Point Site on Searles Lake, California - Musings on A Possible Interpretive Frame
Alan P. Garfinkel
AGG Associates, Cultural Resource Management Consultants,  Bakersfield, California. AGG Associates Research Paper Number One, May 21, 2014

African Rock Art: Research, Digital Outputs and Heritage Management, Abstracts
The Euro-American Discovery of the Coso Petroglyphs
by Alexander Rogers and Russell Kaldenberg

The Maturango Museum is proud to announce the publication of a new book by Alexander Rogers and Russell Kaldenberg.
This book is the result of several years research on the discovery of the petroglyphs, prompted by frequent questions on petroglyph tours. It describes the original creation of the rock art, its initial observation by Euro-Americans in 1860, and subsequent visitors, photographers, and investigators. The authors conclude that the archaeology and rock art of the Coso district were known prior to land withdrawal for the Navy in early 1944, but did not play a role in the withdrawal decision.
Alexander Rogers is an archaeology curator at the Maturango Museum; Russell Kaldenberg is former Command Archaeologist at China Lake, and was also the lead archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management in California.
The book is available in the museum store, for $6.95.

Please contact the museum at 760-375-6900, or at for more information or to place an order.
Rock Art Studies Database to Move

For years, the Rock Art Studies (RAS) Database project has been one of the core research contributions accomplished by Bay Area Rock Art Research Association (BARARA), alongside of Paul Freeman's video archive, and the BARA Archive at the Bancroft Library. The Bancroft has hosted the RAS database for the past thirteen years, and now the project will pass on to the Museum of Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff.  Leigh Marymor will continue on as the project's compiler and has been appointed by the Museum Director as a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and will help raise the funds for the required website development at MNA.

The updated version of the RAS database when launched this winter/spring will contain over 34,000 citations to the World's rock art literature, it will be 15% larger than the version now running on the Bancroft Library website, and will it will continue to be available as an open access research tool to rock art researchers, students and the public.
If you would like to make a contribution, you can mail it directly to the Museum, simply mark your letter and check "Rock Art Studies Database project" and the funds will find their way to the right place.
Museum Director
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N Fort Valley Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Rock Art Studies Database Contribution

An app for the iPad to assist rock art researchers in the field is available for free download. 
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Now available for ipad and iphone!  A mobile version of DStretch.  Use your iPhone or iPad in the field to see faint or invisible rock art images.  iDStretch is simple to use, fast, and you can save the enhancements.  It does not need wifi or phone connection to work. 
More info is on the ipad/iphone app center.
A version of DStretch for android phones and tablets.  Use your phone or tablet in the field to see faint or invisible rock art images.  AndroidDStretch is simple to use, fast, and you can save the enhancements.  It does not need wifi or phone connection to work.  More info is on the  Google Play Store: s earch for AndroidDStretch.