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092-0007 Indian Paintings on Paint Lick Mountain

Indian Paintings on Paint Lick Mountain
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VLR Listing Date 05/13/1969

NRHP Listing Date 12/02/1969

NPS property number 69000284

These pictographs are on a rock face high on Paint Lick Mountain. Stretched in a horizontal line along the irregular exposure is a series of simple images representing thunderbirds, human figures, deer, arrows, trees, and the sun, all painted in a red medium using iron oxide. Among the few prehistoric paintings extant in eastern North America, these images were executed by Indians before European settlement. Although some weathering and vandalism have occurred, these enigmatic works remain in relatively legible condition. The site is privately owned.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 12, 2018