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Nevada Historical Marker

Toquima Cave

Nevada State Historical Marker
      East of the summit, north of the highway and under a basalt flow, lies Toquima Cave. Red, white and yellow aboriginal drawings (pictographs) decorate its walls. Usually located near springs, as here, and on migratory big game trails, painted or pecked petroglyphs are associated with the food-gathering localities of Nevada's prehistoric inhabitants. There are no known specific meanings attached to the particular design elements. Presumably, these people created the designs as ritual devices to insure success in the hunt. Most petroglyphs, therefore, probably are not "messages" or conscious "art forms."