|turkey trot rock, georgia 3|
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|Mystery solved, or at least part of it. My father saw this petroglyph rock around 45 years ago while geologic mapping for the U.S.G.S. I became interested in prehistoric artwork about 20 years ago and my father told me about his rock. His field mapping was done using areal photos. 7.5 minute topographic maps were not produced until the 1970's. He knew about where the rock was located but not exactly. I made a couple of different trips over the years to look for the rock without finding it.|
A couple of days ago, my friend who lives in the area located the rock. This makes the fourth petroglyph rock in a small area. It is easy to assign prehistoric production to the artwork on three of the rocks. This one is problematic. A case could be built for production in the prehistoric. Unlike the other petroglyph rocks, this one is deeply incised. The rock type is phyllite en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllite and relatively soft. Two of the other rocks are near streams and are not as well preserved. This rock is near the stream but six vertical feet above it.
The images are interesting. The "bow and arrow" is seen in prehistoric artwork. I can think of three sites that have it. One of the sites looks very similar to this one. The most convincing image to support prehistoric production is the "turkey track" on the right. This is a common prehistoric image. Who knows what the third image is. It looks like an "A" with a ornate crest. It is reasonable to think the artwork was produced in the prehistoric.
Well, as I am writing this my father looked at the image and says it is not the rock he found. The rock he found did have a "bow and arrow" but it was oriented with the arrow pointing upward. He says there were other images around it that did not look like these. The mystery continues.
|title||turkey trot rock, georgia 3|
|date yyyymmdd hr:mn||2009:02:19 09:40:28|
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