The Cave Paintings of Baja California

The Great Murals of Baja California

About the Author


In the sierras of central Baja California, hidden in most forbidding terrain, thousands of brilliant paintings survive in caves and shelters. Here a prehistoric people created giant images, heroic assemblages of men and animals. The Painters' time passed, they laid down their brushes and disappeared, their art was lost to sight, and their existence was reduced to the breath of a legend.

Harry W Crosby

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In Harry Crosby's book The Cave Paintings of Baja California, he documents the searches that revealed over 200 previously undiscovered rock art sites. When visited this year by Dr. Jean Clottes, then Director of the Chauvet Cave investigation, he said that he was "staggered by the extent and preservation of the paintings" and "in his opinion they should be considered as an American Lascaux in terms of importance to the World's Rock Art Heritage. He went on to site Harry Crosby's book as a Baja Bible.

Sunbelt Publications

Harry Crosby's explorations, studies, and writings establish him as one of the foremost authorities on Baja California's colorful past.

In the late 1960s he rode over 600 miles on muleback, to the remotest areas of Baja California, to obtain photographs for a book celebrating the 200th anniversary of the foundaing of Spanish Alta California. Since completing that first work, he has logged over a thousand miles in the saddle over harsh and barren terrain to interview the Baja peninsula's isolated ranchers and discover its amazing prehistoric art and cave paintings.
Harry W Crosby

Harry W. Crosby


The Cave Paintings of Baja California His other books include, The King's Highway in Baja California, the story of El Camino Real; Last of the Californios, his studies of Hispanic settlers and their descendants; and Antigua California, the now standard history of Spanish California's first 70 years. An addtional history of Spanish California is in progress. Harry Crosby lives in La Jolla, California with his wife. The Bradshaw Foundation would like to thank Harry W. Crosby for his help and guidance in putting together the Baja Cave Paintings section of this website.

Harry Crosby's website : www.harrywcrosby.com



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Harry W. Crosby - About the Author
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