CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1999 |
The big stone needed a little rocking. So the homeless man gently nudged it left and right, and then front to back. The basketball-size hunk of granite seesawed for a moment before coming to a stop--perfectly balanced on top of a delicately stacked pile of stones. Fernando Anglero carefully pulled away his hands and slowly stepped back. "It gives me such pleasure when I find the center," he said. "It brings me peace."
February 24, 1995 |
Conflict between the needs of 21st-Century Portuguese and the unique testimony of their Ice Age ancestors is starkly written on the rock walls of a desolate river valley. Hundreds of newly discovered rock engravings hewn 20,000 years ago in what may prove to be the world's largest outdoor gallery of prehistoric art are facing death by drowning in the valley of the Coa River in northern Portugal.
March 6, 1989 |
The city dwellers reached the granite bluff in the Mojave Desert just before dawn. Moments later the winter sun spilled over the southern Sierra Nevada, illuminating wall paintings of animals, celestial objects and medicine men, drawings that were old before Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel. "I felt an immediate connection," said Rowena Jeans of Palos Verdes, who had risen at 2 a.m. to visit the Indian rock art site as part of a UCLA archeology class.
October 27, 2002 |
Sierra de San Francisco, Mexico THE air was clear and fresh. Heat from the sun radiated from volcanic rubble, intensifying a midday temperature in the high 70s. Some nights were mild; some were frigid. But always, as the winter light waned, a concert began. Doves sang plaintive songs from the red willows or palms that lined the pools. Frogs started croaky calls, so loud at times that our tent vibrated in the echoes. Owls occasionally swooped up the canyon, hooting softly.
May 9, 2004 |
Deep within the limestone hills of the Ardeche region lies the secret entrance to Chauvet, the 34,000-year-old grotto called "the Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art." Ft. Knox-grade technology protects its opening. Inside are the oldest paintings now known to man, works so important and so fragile that the elite team of researchers assigned to study them is obliged to work under draconian conditions.
June 11, 1991 |
Archeologist Daniel F. McCarthy is trying to learn as much as possible about a mystery he believes will never be solved. McCarthy, 42, has recorded and photographed 50 Indian mazes he estimates are up to 3,000 years old in Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Diego counties. "I know of no other similar aborigine carvings anywhere else in California, in America or in the world," said McCarthy, a scientist on the faculty of UC Riverside.