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Cation-ratio dating of petroglyphs from the Western Great Basin, North America

Naturevolume 302pages816818 (1983) | Download Citation



Using a new age-determination technique for rock varnish, cation-ratio dating1, we have obtained absolute dates for varnishes within the pecked surfaces of five petroglyphs from the Coso Range, Inyo County, California. Our age determinations, based on analytical data gathered directly from petroglyphs, revise previously proposed chronologies and suggest a greater antiquity for Great Basin rock art in the western United States.

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  1. Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 90024, USA

    • Ronald I. Dorn
  2. Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 90024, USA

    • David S. Whitley


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