A reader of the blog named Annie who has seen my posts about rock art and face effigies wrote to me with her own discoveries in Upper Dauphin County in Pennsylvania. I am going to quote some of her email so that you can get the true description of her situation and I’ll share some of her pictures below.
She writes: “We’ve lived here in the woods, in a tiny valley for 15 years … we’ve been contacting various professionals for years out of sheer fascination over a plethora of artifacts picked up on and near our property. They are not [interested], telling us these relics are ‘just a rock.’ They’re not.”
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you might have read this far and said “we’ve heard this story before,” but this one takes on some added twists … bear with me, and first I’ll show a couple of the pictures that were sent of rock art pieces found in this Dauphin County valley near Halifax. These two pieces are of a different scale, as noted by the size relative to the coins. The one at left has what seems to be a clearly marked eyebrow/forehead line, nose, and mouth. The one at right seems a bit more abstract, but was suggested that it could also be thought of as resembling a fish.
Annie continues with this: “Besides effigies, there are a huge number of tools and quite a few rock shelters. [I believe] someone lived here, although we see the prevailing academia insists this was a migratory community. Based on the tools and rock shelters, I’m convinced that’s untrue.”
This is the part where the story takes a twist … rock shelters? That’s a new angle in my limited exposure to rock art found throughout the United States as presented to me by readers of the blog who share their stories. Let’s take a look next at what Annie has found in terms of these shelter structures; here’s a first look, scroll down for more.
While someone might say, “oh, that’s just a natural formation,” even if the cave-like entrance is natural, what makes this different is what Annie found around these rock shelters. Here’s another cave opening, below left, and in the vicinity of these structures, she’s found what appear to be carved face effigies, such as the one below right … wouldn’t that suggest to you that someone was spending time utilizing this natural or altered shelter area? One would think that academics would be intrigued enough by these findings to want to research more!
And how about this pair of pictures? Do you see the eyes and what might be a line suggesting a mouth in the triangular shape of rock, below left? Those eyes look like they’ve been painted, with the whites of the eyes and the dark pupils. And the shaped rock, below right, clearly looks like a stone tool of some sort, and to be found in the same vicinity of face effigies and rock shelters … I mean, c’mon, this seems like a pretty solid find and not “just rocks.”
Here’s another twist for the skeptics out there … Annie’s location in Dauphin County is only about 200 miles from Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Avella, PA. I had never heard of Meadowcroft before, but it is noted as “the oldest site of human habitation in North America.” The Meadowcroft website has a lot of fascinating info and photographs, but the Wikipedia entry also notes that the location “… contains evidence that the area may have been continually inhabited for more than 19,000 years.”
Seems to me that Annie is sitting on her own fascinating find, but the “experts” are not interested. She writes: “No one will look, we think because prevailing academia states no one was here. We’ve tried convincing ourselves that the pros must know what they’re talking about, but then some new, startling relic will show up. I’m obviously not a professional, just a nosy hiker who knows every inch of land around here. We’re merely fascinated amateurs.”