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Comparison of Neolithic & Early Bronze Age petroglyphs in Ireland and the Georgia Mountains

Comparison of Neolithic & Early Bronze Age petroglyphs in Ireland and the Georgia Mountains


Above: The Reinhardt Petroglyphic Boulder was found in the Upper Etowah River Valley, a few miles downstream from the Forsyth Petroglyph Boulder. It is now on display at the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University.  The  Upper Etowah River drains the region where the Big Canoe Cairn Complex,  Harben Mound and Amicalola Terrace Complex are located . . . subjects of recent articles by the People of One Fire.


Ireland-MapThe online Irish news website, “Irish Central” has re-released a 2015 article, which describes the oldest known record of a solar eclipse in the world . . . at least according to the opinion of some Irish scientists . . .  which is on a petroglyphic boulder in County Meath, Ireland.  This article does not mention it, but these exact symbols can be found on several granite boulders in the Gold Belt of the Georgia Mountains.  Some of the most famous of these Southern Highland petroglyphic boulders were found in the Etowah and Coosawattee River Basins, which are the focus of articles in the People of One Fire this year.  You may read the article by going to this link:

Irish Petroglyphs Record Eclipses

Personally,  I am not convinced that all of these glyphs mean “solar eclipse.”   To me, most of the Irish and Georgia petroglyphs look like star maps or descriptions of solar systems.  The concentric circle motif today means a “time portal” or “stargate” among Uchee and Creek Keepers.    Below you can compare some petroglyphic boulders of Ireland and the Georgia yourself.  Do you see the cultural connection? What do you think the symbols mean?   In a forthcoming POOF article, we will compare the linguistic and genetic connections between the indigenous peoples of the Southern Appalachians and Bronze Age Ireland.

The Loughcree Eclipse Rock - Ireland

The Loughcrew Eclipse Rock – Ireland


Dingle Petroglyphs - County Kerry - Ireland

Dingle Petroglyphs – County Kerry – Ireland


Aghacarrible Petroglyphs - County Kerry - Ireland

Aghacarrible Petroglyphs – County Kerry – Ireland


County Meath Petroglyphs - Ireland

County Meath Petroglyphs – Ireland


New Grange Petroglyphic Boulder - Ireland

New Grange Petroglyphic Boulder – Ireland


Forsyth Petroglyphs - Upper Etowah Valley - Georgia

Upper  Etowah River Basin – Georgia


Forsyth Petroglyphic Boulder - Upper Etowah River - Georgia

Forsyth Petroglyphic Boulder – Upper Etowah River – Georgia


Forsyth Petroglyphic Boulder - Upper Etowah River - Georgia

Forsyth Petroglyphic Boulder – Upper Etowah River – Georgia


One of several sets of petroglyphs in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia

One of several sets of petroglyphs in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia ~ These probably date from after the Bronze Age in Europe.


Another petroglyphic boulder in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia

Another petroglyphic boulder in the Nacoochee Valley, Georgia


Sprayberry Petroglyphic Boulder - Georgia

Sprayberry Petroglyphic Boulder – Georgia


Amicalola Creek Rock Shelter Petroglyphs - Georgia (east of Big Canoe Cairn Complex)

Amicalola Creek Rock Shelter Petroglyphs – Georgia (east of Big Canoe Cairn Complex)

The Amicalola Creek Rock Shelter petroglyphs probably date from a much later era than the Irish Bronze Age, but are still interesting.

Upper Left: The petroglyphs in this box probably date from the period between around 900 AD and 1700 AD.   The man is wearing a tunic, typical of the Highland Apalache and peoples in Eastern Peru.  The woman is wearing a skirt.

Upper Middle:  This seems to be the logo for the province.  The author’s grandmother used to put three triangles on her baskets.  The glyph probably dates from long after the Irish Bronze Age. 

Upper Right:  This is a glyph in the Itza Maya and Highland Apalache writing systems.  Currently, its meaning is unknown.

Lower Photo:  This composition of glyphs clearly is telling a story or else is a map of the night time sky.






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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Thanks for posting the pics of petroglyphs….. Some years ago I was somehow in touch with a woman who wanted to document in NC, N Ga regions and we discussed several she knew of and wanted to visit and two that I had seen around Brasstown / Peachtree area. What has been documented in that area? In the meantime I’ll see if I can search something up. We never did the trips…seems like it was a very wet wet year.
    Thanks… There is more I could share but I do hate controversy.

    • Hey Lee,

      The petroglyphs in the Brasstown, Peachtree, Sylvia area seem to date from a later era. A lot of the glyphs are actually from the Itza Maya writing system or systems used by Arawaks in the Caribbean and northern South America.


        Do you have examples of that “time period for me to see if they match my memory?

        • I think that we are looking at the period between 2360 BC and 1200 BC, but not at all certain. There was a 20 year long rainstorm in Ireland, Scotland and western England that depopulated all of Ireland except the western mountains around 2360 BC. There was a quarried stone, triangular temple at the Nodoroc mud volcano in NE Metro Atlanta, which was very similar to the triangular temples on Sardenia, Corsica, Sicily and Crete in the period between around 2400 BC and 1800 BC. The earliest pottery in North America is found on the Lower Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina and dates from around 2400-2500 BC, but it may be an independent invention or an import from Amazonia. There was a massive tsunami around 1200 BC, which completely wiped out a non-Scandinavian Bronze Age civilization on the island of Jutland in Denmark and the provinces of Skåne and Holland in southern Sweden. While working on Ven Island in the Oresund Channel between Skåne and Jutland, I found boulders with glyphs inscribed on them that were identical to those on the Reinhardt Boulder in Georgia.


    I vote for being topography maps, the circles larger and smaller represents different size mountains and lines are the connecting pathways and ramps. I have seen glyphs similar to this in AZ and the stones out by themselves were as pathway markers. some symbols I saw acted as map markers, giving travel distance… in that case time to the next water source. one marker I saw gave travel time (by foot) as five days. long haul in the desert.

    • A ritual practiced by the Uchee AND numerous South American tribes involved the carving of bowl shaped recesses in stone boulders. We have thousands of them in the Appalachians. The priests would fill the recess with water then drop a pebble into the water. The effect was to create a dozen or so concentric circles. Priest would then look into the bowl to see the past or the future. Of course, they may have already been tripping out on morning glory seeds, prior to this ritual. LOL


        I recall a ritual of the plains Inds, maybe Cheyenne, that the leader or shayman killed a badger and looked into the pool of blood. seems like it had to do with seeing his reflection or not and predicted his early death or longer life. not sure if I am remembering correctly, but it definitely used a pool, this case blood.


    birds eye views of topography?


    I’ve always thought portals made the most sense t me.


    Richard, the Forsyth Boulder on the left side perhaps has a symbol for the Draco stars, another symbol in the middle looks like a comet in the heavens, one symbol looks like the head of the Draco (diamond shape). Perhaps this stone map is of an impact of a comet that come from the Northern hemisphere.
    The large circles within circles could be locations of more ancient lost cities like “Tarshish”, cities that were built with circular harbors around the main part of the city. The ancient Native Americans (Yuchi, Chiska, Apalachi, Albama peoples) could be the decedents of these ancient cities) destroyed by this comet impact and the tidal wave that followed. All these peoples had use of boats: the Yuchi, Albama, Cherokee (Bird clan) all have legends of arriving from across from the Atlantic.

    “In 2011, a team led by Richard Freund claimed to have found strong evidence for the location in Doñana National Park based on underground and underwater surveys and the interpretation of the archaeological site Cancho Roano as “memorial cities” rebuilt in Atlantis’s image.”


    Of course, concentric-circle petroglyphs are very widespread, at least in the Southwest having to do with solar positions. I was in Ireland last May, and saw, in County Meath, Megalithic carved boulders such as the ones you picture from Georgia. I have seen such designs on basalt bedrock near Djanet, in the Algerian Sahara, as well. There does appear to be a unity of style among Megalithic Europe, Algeria, and Georgia that is probably significant. Those Megalithic folks really got around, so, who knows?

    • Stephen, how would they get around? The Uchee (Yuchi) Migration Legend says that they came across the Atlantic from the “Home of the Sun” but when Georgia was settled in 1733 the Uchee didn’t venture very far from shore in their simple dugout canoes?


        The European megalith-builders were very marine-oriented and great sea travelers—probably in hide boats. I have heard a Yuchi tradition of their coming from the Bahamas. They may not be related to any megalithic travelers.

        • The Uchees who greeted the new settlers in Savannah, said that they came from across the Atlantic Ocean in the Land of the Home of the Sun. They landed near Savannah and then spread outward from there. This was written down by Colonial Secretary Thomas Christie and part of the documents that I discovered in Lambeth Palace in 2015. The Bahamas version was the speculation of a white anthropologist, 250 years later, who never met a Uchee is his life. LOL Actually, full blood Uchees are showing up with DNA test markers very similar to that of the Saami (Lapps) and Black Irish of County Kerry, Ireland.

          There is something else . . . the word for water among the aboriginal Uchee along the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers is “oue”. Their name means “Offspring from Water.” “Oue” was also the word for water among the pre-Gaelic peoples of western Ireland, western Scotland and western France. The word “whiskey” is derived from it as is the French word for water today, eau.


            Interesting. I got the Bahamas bit from an Oklahoma Yuchi woman (who pronounced it “Brahamas”), but who knows where she got it from. What is the source of the genetics info?

          • Uchees were puzzled because they thought they almost fullblood, but showing up as mostly European. They sent us their reports and I realized that the European they were showing up with was VERY special. My mother’s family intermarried into a Uchee family. One of my cousins, who is a EdD at University of Tennessee, took a more sophisticated DNA test. Not only did he show up with test markers like those of the Saami and Kerry Irish, but also Panoan from eastern Peru. The Highland Apalache were a mixture of Panoan, Itza Maya and Uchee, so it exactly matches our cultural history.


    I know this doesn’t follow these posts, but I have found some carvings on a rock at Fort mtn,ga that appear to be ancient rune symbols. A line on the stone points directly to the sunset at winter soltice. Carvings are old and weathered- not recent. Not sure how to get the pics to you. I have them electronically if you want I can send via email? I haven’t seen any other pictures of this rock online.

    • Yes, please send photos to

      I am not into cult archaeology, but having lived both in Mesoamerica and Scandinavia, I have an open mind to such things.


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