Monday, March 28, 2011
Hemet Stone Maze
One of the first things I noticed when I moved into this area a couple of months ago was an historical marker pointing up a side road declaring that the Hemet Maze Stone was this way. I had no idea what a maze stone was and my sense of curiosity was burning, so I donned a hat and hiking boots and went exploring.
I found out the Hemet Maze Stone is quite literally exactly as it says: a maze etched into a boulder face i.e a petroglyph. Rock Art. There was a bronze plaque placed in front with a scanty bit of information about it, which I later found out to be at least partially incorrect. Even more interesting to me was that my archaeologist acquaintance who is well known expert in Rock Art, really couldn't tell me much about the stone, either.
In a nutshell, thousands of years ago, a purposeful and gifted stone mason from who knows where, spent a long time carving an intricate maze into a large rock for a purpose which has escaped our 'modern day' comprehension.
I love a good mystery!
I would love to meet the artist. I admire the single minded devotion to finishing the intricate design that is still waiting to be interpreted 3 - 4 thousand years later. But perhaps that's what the World is reminding to me through my Lens: that there really is no mystery - hard work, focus, and attention to detail will still produce quality work just as it did several thousand years ago.
Macro Monday 3-28-2011