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Rock Enclosures in Southern California


The combination of its characteristics with their ceremonial connotation and its association with other ceremonial features sets the danceground apart from other rock enclosures. If the characteristics are examined individually, however, there are only two unique ones, the triad of shallow mortars and an entryway to a passage. The opening to the north, the level ground surface, and the lack of midden and artifacts by themselves are not unusual with rock enclosures, and take on ceremonial significance only when considered together. Similarly, the co-occurrence of enclosures and of enclosures and pictographs have been reported at other sites. Their relationship and significance at Peexa Wiyaamay, however, are indicated by their proximity and location on the same small landform.

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