Grimes Point Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs – carvings chipped into stone – are the street graffiti of the ancients.

Grimes Point in northern Nevada, near Fallon, is a typical example. Its one of those places you don’t seek out. It finds you. Grimes Point sucks nearby photographers into its votex.

Most folks know of the existence of mysterious symbols carved into rock by pre-Columbian Americans who left no written language to explain them.

What most folks don’t realize, is that the climate is different now than it was when most petroglyphs were carved. Climate change has been around a long, long time.

The crusted remains of the bottom of ancient Lake Lahontan in amongst the petroglyphs

It’s dry as a bone now, but 12,000 years ago Grimes Point was 400 feet below the surface of ice-age Lake Lahontan. Most of it’s glyphs were carved when it was on a small bluff overlooking the shrunken lake. Today, nothings left but nearby Stillwater Marsh.

Its last inhabitants were the Northern Paiute known by their lake-side moniker:
Cattail-Eaters (Toidikadi).

Petroglyphs on Grimes Point are on a small bluff overlooking and facing toward ancient Lake Lahontan

Petroglyphs are often chipped into a black varnish that covers exposed volcanic rocks commonly found all across the western USA. Such is true at Grimes Point.

The oldest known carvings at this site are kinda boring two-inch wide dimples carved into some stones.

What they mean is anyone’s guess. It could be man’s first attempt to make a golf ball.

Most glyphs at this site are abstract symbols. Other sites usually have more animistic and anthropomorphic glyphs than does Grimes.

Petroglyphs Deciphered

Learned scholars have been able to decipher some of the glyphs at Grimes Point.

For example, deductive logic revealed these next two glyphs mean, “ET, Phone Home!”

But, by far, the greatest discovery of all is that archaic ancestors to the Northern Paiute were avid tick-tack-toe players.

This next glyph shows one of their games…

Unfortunately, the lake dried up before the game could be chipped to completion.

Long standing strife between the Hopi and Navajo may trace back to this unfinished game.

These interpretations are the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! 😉 😉

Btw… Grimes Point is located next to a naval air station and live-fire bombing range. When there, you may occasionally have to dodge a little bombing run thermonuclear detonation.

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