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Cave Paintings Of Baja California: Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People Hardcover – February 20, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

Crosby spent a large part of the 1960s and 1970s doggedly ferreting out prehistoric rock art sites in the mid-peninsula region of Baja. This complete revision of a shorter work first published in 1975 reveals that it was not only a labor of love, but perhaps an obsession as well. Produced by an as-yet-unknown culture Crosby quaintly calls "The Painters," these cave paintings are stunning pictographs that rival the finest rock art and cave paintings in the world. But the text is a plodding, repetitious litany of every back country foray he undertook for some 20 years to discover those neglected sites. Not until the last chapter, "The Practices and Puzzles of the Painters," do we receive anything approaching speculation as to who it was that created these marvelous images. Crosby seems too interested in explaining the difficulty in reaching every cave and how disappointed he was by the woefully deteriorated condition of many of the murals. The photographs, too, tend to be similarly weighted toward the process rather than the outcome: too many of the 71 color photos are given over to man-with-mural, where mural alone might have been clearer. Without better pictures, or more thorough analysis of findings, this book becomes a sort of unsatisfying anthropological travelogue. 11 b&w photos; 108 color illustrations.
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This revised and expanded edition of The Rock Art of Baja California is one of a series that focuses on the natural and historical heritage of unique regions. Crosby conveys a great sense of adventure and discovery while highlighting the beauty and spirituality of the landscape and its art. His discovery of the rock paintings and some of the history of Baja California itself are skillfully woven into descriptions of the sites and interpretations of the art. Included are discoveries of rock art by early explorers, Jesuit missionaries, archaeologists, and one of the more famous aficionados, adventure writer Earl Stanley Gardner. Crosby himself covered hundreds of miles of rugged sierra trails and photographed over 200 open caves painted in the Great Mural style. Excellent maps, beautiful photographs both of the rock paintings and the people of the area, and illustrations clarifying the paintings enhance the text. Highly recommended for collections with an interest in art, archaeology, prehistory, or Southwest studies.?Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbelt Publications; Revised and expanded edition (February 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932653235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932653239
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crosby has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area. Based on many years of travel in the peninsula, this magnificently illustrated volume not only provides information on visiting the primary pictograph sites of central Baja, but also provides memorable insights to the contemporary human culture of the area. Highly recommended for anyone interested in prehistoric art of Southwestern America, particularly the Cochiti peoples.
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A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN PREHISTORIC ROCK ART. SUPERBLY DOCUMENTEDWITH EXCELLENT MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. PEOPLEUNFAMILIAR WITH BAJA CALIFORNIA WILL BE AMAZEDBY THE SHEER NUMBER OF PAINTED SITES AND THE MONUMENTAL SCALE OF MANY OF THEM. A SURE AWARD WINNER.
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for three winters my wife and i searched for and found many of the painted sites crosby catalouged.some of the sites were disappointing but some were outstanding. without crosbys book a good spanish dictionary and atlas of baja it would be impossible to find any of these exciting paintings. this was a quest fulfilled thanks harry.......
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If you were to buy just one book about the cave paintings in Baja,this is it.Wonderful stories blended with beautiful pictures,and fully acknowledges the indispensable part that the local guides played in the success of the expeditions.I had just returned from a trip into the San Fransisco Mountains with some of the descendants of the guides mentioned in this book,and was looking for more information on the people,the places,and the paintings,and this book does just that.Makes me want to go back and do more trips.
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Harry W. Crosby brings to life his quest to locate, identify and photograph the ancient cave paintings in Baja California, Mexico. Anyone who is interested in prehistorical cave paintings in general, or who has the desire to visit these particular paintings and wants to choose his or her trip based on time, money or physical condition should read this book cover to cover. What an adventure!
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I got this book for the pictures and as a guide and for that end it has served my purpose quite well. Since Baja is my "backyard" I wanted to further my explorations of the penisnsula. Having seen some pictographs prior to this book I found the book very helpful for seeking out those most remote locations. As a travelogue I found the book dry and rather unexciting, but some might find it interesting over the camp fire. To it's credit the photographs are spectacular, as are the drawings and maps. The historical information is informative but again rather bland in it's presentation. The color maps presented prior to each detailed chapter are outstanding for your own personal explorations. There is one overview map of the general mural region that is good for the book but not for real life exploration. I would suggest picking up a good map of Baja along with this book prior to any explorations of your own. This book serves as an excellent guide and is recommended by this veteran Baja traveller.
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Great book filled with good descriptions and photos of the cave paintings and the author's travels through the remote sierra of Baja.
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Excellent book. It covers the 10,000 year old paintings very well. It helped our visit be up to the next level.
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