2 thoughts on “Face effigies, rock shelters, and more in Upper Dauphin County, PA

  1. I know exactly how it feels to find an area (that is farm land) that is full of nothing but artifacts and every single one I found has images chiseled into them and typically different dyes were used. I found tons of ceremonial and death stones and dug up a pile that had an head effigy that had to be made to stand up that’s 40″ tall and 18″ wide covered with images, and other piles of large stones besides what I got from fields that a farmer dumped there (this place and Mounds State Park, which has the famous mounds is 20 miles apart). I have been studying artifacts and had the curator of Rock Art Museum in Canada help identifying pieces and ones I sent pictures of are on his website. After seeing pictures of the large effigy I dug up, he said “be careful, there’s some dead bodies somewhere close.” I brought home over 100 artifacts and ran out of room because a majority were not a tool, they are ceremonial and death stones and the best ones are 1″ and bigger and sprinkled with gold flakes, one that I believe rare is a 20″ tall and 8″ wide bust, effigy of a Shaman with Asian eyes. 2 large stones that are probably an average of 3′ wide are full of images and a bigger one that’s rectangular shaped. I submitted images from the museum where he cleaned them up for me and sent them to submit to Indiana Department of Historical Preservation and response was “they’re just rocks,” and I strongly disagree with the curator! I spent endless hours cleaning certain ones and only submitted them because of images being way obvious to detect. I have studied old aerial photos of an area the farmer cleaned out in front of the woods and old images show large dark objects and the photo was when leaves weren’t on any trees, so you could study everything with more confidence. I had a buddy stop by to verify my findings who was a High School Geology teacher. There’s much more to steps I took during a 8 month span when I was gathering these up because for years hooked on anything that was on tv that had to do with archeology. I believe I have located where an underground area is that has a large void where there’s only air because of the echo effect I heard after tapping my shovel on the I.D walls of a hole I dug beside a 2′ flat head effigy stone I found in same woods I mentioned. It was dark and had to leave, then I injured my knee and haven’t had a chance to follow up but will soon! The landscape shows multiple areas where large areas are way higher than the lowest point of the same field, I believe I’m correct in assuming that the majority of fossils found where fields drainage runs into a bottle neck and then into a drain hole is from garbage from what animals they have eaten. There’s more but I believe this is good enough to decide if you believe I am correct in what I think it have found.

    1. If you ask the older farmers in central Pa (especially those of Pa Dutch or Scotch Irish heritage) some of them know the stories passed down about their land and the surrounding stone structures in the forests. Some of these came directly from Native Americans, who had intermarried or who were hidden and protected by the farmers during the “Indian massacres”. That knowledge has passed to a small handful today, who view it as their duty to protect these features.

      In Lancaster county, there are a large number of stone features which are usually officially credited to “colonial farmers” on the southern end of the county. These include mounds, short in height ceremonial walls (which often make geometric sun or serpent forms) on hillsides overlooking the Susquehanna river and around certain tributaries, as well as overhanging dugout rock shelters (the best know of these is recognized as a “proto-Indian” encampment, found at the base if Chiques Rock, but there are MANY more). The stories often tell of people who predated the Lenape, Susquahanock and other tribes most often associated with the area. Their constructions were thought to have rivaled those of the Ohio- Mississippi basin mound builders (who also extended into western Pa), except that they were done with stone. Much of these stoneworks were repurposed by layer tribes and the colonists. The best known and preserved (of those widely know) of these seem to be a recently investigated cluster of structures in Berks County.

      The finds at meadowcroft are paralleled in age by Clovis and pre Clovis points found in both Dauphin and Lancaster counties at unlikely depths. They are registered at the state archives.

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