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Ceremonial rock, sacred to Native tribe, being restored in Angeles National Forest

The sunlight reached the red pole sticking up from the carved “holy hole” deep down inside the ancient ceremonial rock. The shadow cast, like a sundial, pointed due north. But more importantly, the line landed on a faded pictographs painted on the rock some 1,000 years earlier.

Archaeologists on Thursday studying the Kizh Nation’s Big Rock, located in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest off Highway 39, are trying to unlock the mystery of the Native American rock art by recreating this Kizh tradition. If the shadow cast on this particular day, the winter solstice, was pointing to something, what was it? And what was the significance to the people that inhabited the San Gabriel Mountains centuries before white settlers?


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