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.
The 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:
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 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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