Can you translate these petroglyphs?
This boulder is known as the Mole Hill Petroglyphs. It is located in the Upper Long Swamp Creek Valley near Marble Hill, GA in Pickens County. The photo was taken in 1939 by the famous archeologist, Robert Wauchope. Long Swamp Creek flows southward through the world’s largest marble deposit to join the Etowah River near Ball Ground, GA. Most of the marble used on monuments and buildings in Washington, DC came from this valley.
Some of the images are obviously connected with the sun or moon. This may be some sort of calendar or else a memorial to a celestial event in the past. These symbols are different from typical petroglyphs in either North Georgia or the Southwestern Desert. However, due to the complexity of the composition, this is obviously not just graffiti, but something that had a very important meaning.
Throughout the winter of 2017, the People of One Fire will continue visiting over 100 archaeological sites in the Etowah Valley, which were first explored by such famous archaeologists as Charles C. Jones, Jr, Cyrus Thomas, Warren K. Moorehead, Margaret Asheley, Robert Wauchope, Arthur Kelly, Lewis Larson and Joseph Caldwell . . . but have largely been forgotten in the 21st century. Unfortunately, many of these sites are no longer visible on the surface, but may still contain ruins or artifacts under the surface.
The Tugaloo Petroglyphs, discovered by archaeologist Joseph Caldwell on Tugaloo Island in Northeast Georgia are somewhat similar in style, but obviously are describing an different event . . . or else have a different purpose.
We hope that you enjoy our journey into the past.
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