As the sun nudges us awake this morning, it takes a moment to remember where we are. After all, yesterday found us in the Sierras looking for pictograph sites located in lush meadows and along gurgling streams before we finally descended to the desert below and our present camp at Little Lake. Just the mention of this spot sends a thrill through us. This second day of the Kern County Archaeology Society's field trip will let us explore petroglyph and pictograph locations in this otherwise off limits area. Little Lake is now privately owned by the Little Lake Duck Hunting Club, which takes its stewardship very seriously. Fortunately for us, KCAS has obtained permission to not only camp here, but also to explore the ancient sites nestled around this jewel of a lake.
The natural oasis of Little Lake has been a magnet for prehistoric people for many thousands of years. The oldest site, in fact, has been radiocarbon dated to around 6,500 BC. The plan for the day is to visit several locations including Atlatl Cliff, the Stahl site and rockshelter, pictographs and petroglyphs near the village site of Pagunda, a large rock art site at the southern end of the lake, and the area below Fossil Falls. The husband and wife archeologist team of Jack and Gale Sprague will be our dynamic and knowledgeable guides again today. We've got a lot to see so let's grab a bite to eat and get out there! Want to come along? A click on the photo link below will get your virtual tour started!