Ringing Rocks of Menifee

I stumbled on a blog post on another site that describes "ringing rocks" in Menifee, California...

Rock art is found throughout the Menifee Valley and consists mainly of abstract signs carved into the scattered rocks and boulders, though a few weathered paintings in black and red also survive.

The ringing rock is one of a group of boulders at the north end of a ridge. It is granite, about 1 metre (3 ft) across, and deep hollows or 'cupules' have been worn into its surface by human effort. The rock rings clearly, like a chime, when lightly struck with a small stone. When struck in different places and various sizes of stone a range of tones can be produced. The special sonorous properties of the rock are enhanced because it is balanced on a giant boulder, with considerable air space beneath.
The blog post is located here...
http://anthropology.net/..../revealed_at_whitby_museum

I'm curious if anyone knows where these boulders are. Perhaps they are, or were, located where the Audie Murphy Ranch construction is at? Would that mean these boulders are now gone?




5 Comments:

  1. I know where the rocks are..................some developer covered them up & built a parking lot over them!
    30 year resident of menifeeeeee

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  2. Those ringing rocks are supposedly sacred to the indians, and to give their exact location would leave them available to be destroyed. Lets respect what little is left of our area of Menifee. Just know they are out there somewhere!!!
    Kelly

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  3. Apparently ringing rocks exist around the world, many in California and Nevada. For a fairly comprehensive list, try
    http://www.geocities.
    com/CapeCanaveral/9461/.

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  4. The ringing rock is in the fenced area west of Haun road and south of Holland. The Pechanga indians are protecting the site.

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  5. I have personally visited the ringing rock (bell rock)at one of the cluster of archaeological sites at the former Walker Ranch in Riverside County. The property has since been inclosed by a chain link fence and is currently guarded by a member of the Pechanga Band of Louiseno Indians. The boulder is made of diorite and is small enough to be tilted by one one and lifted by three or four. It bears old and weathered battering scars on one side and is thought to have been used for ceremonial purposes.

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