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Archeological sites located at Wind Wolves Preserve!

Posted at 5:39 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 20:39:41-05

Just about 30 minutes away from Bakersfield and about an hour away from Los Angeles is the Wind Wolves Preserve. It is almost 100,000 acres. The preserve endangered and threatened species in California. 23ABC's Adam Bowles takes us there.


Did you know it also hosts two remote archeological sites located in the San Emigdio Hills? This is the Pleito, one of the most extravagant rock paintings in the world and Cache Cave, with many artifacts left behind by Native Americans discovered in the American West. The oldest of the rock paintings and artifacts are supposedly over 2,000 years old! However, exploring it has its downside. The paintings at Pleito, found on amazing sandstone, can break easy. The Cache Cave is a system with so many tunnels.


But, the rangers at Wind Wolves Preserve are letting their guests tour these sites using virtual reality!  You can use special goggles at the ranger station to view these 2,000 year old objects and sites that you will have to see to believe.  


A team of scientists from the UK have created a VR model of the sites. They took images with a digital camera and laser scanned the site. This was all done by photogrammetry – "which helps make measurements from photographs". Then they could develop a VR prototype which the rangers are using.


This is what the ranges of the Wind Wolves have done. So guests can see what it would have been live 2,000 years ago by using virtual reality.  If you would live to come visit the archeological sites, Wind Wolves Preserve is located at 16019 Bakersfield Californai next to the Grapevine.