Petroglyphs, Inscriptions, Pictographs

Mounds, Monuments, Tablets, Rock Walls


Rock Art of Missouri and Vicinity

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"He who controls the past controls the future."
"He who controls the present controls the past."
George Orwell- "Ninteen Eighty-Four"

EARLY AMERICAN BILLBOARDS

Nearly everyone is fascinated by the carvings and paintings of animals and symbols left on rocks by
early Americans. Much time has been spent to understand what they mean, but it is generally
accepted by the academic community that we really don't know, except for those recent enough
that Native Americans can interpret.

When we see modern graffiti, we condemn the vandalism and want the perpetrator to be fined and
repair the damage. I was shocked a few years ago when I saw approximately 900 square feet of such
desecration gouged into the sandstone face of a Missouri River bluff. I had heard about carvings of
animals at this location, and wanted to see and photograph them in an effort to better understand this
medium of communication.

On my third trip there I felt I had found most of the animals and symbols that were readable and I
began searching among the carvings of Bill, Fred, and Alice to see what they so carelessly had
concealed. It soon became apparent that most of the letters were clear, but unintelligible. The letters
repeated and were obviously not the ones we used. So began the puzzle that has occupied most of my
free time during the past years.

My research has shown me that there are many people who understand this unintelligible graffiti is
the alphabet of early Americans who left their messages in much the same way we use billboards.
My disgust has turned to admiration of prehistoric scribes who have left us a valuable record of
their civilization. We are beginning to better understand their religion, commerce, laws, and
aspirations. Although much information has been already documented, Missouri has an extensive collec-
tion of these records that have not been recorded or evaluated. It is my hope that people will assist in
the location of these prehistoric billboards, the same way they have recorded the location of caves.
It is around caves that the vast majority of these inscriptions have been found.

I know that much controversy surrounds this subject, and it will not be the purpose of this forum to
enter into that quagmire. I want to record as many of these inscriptions as possible before
development and the elements erase them. This resource will be made available to future historians
who want to accept the challenge of evaluating what this evidence means for American history.

What can you do? When you are climbing through the rocks and valleys of the Midwest and notice
letters carved into the rocks, take a moment and see if you understand what has been written. If you
CAN'T, please copy a sample, exactly as you see it, and contact me. I will add this material to the
3000 sq. ft. of inscriptions I have already found. You can share with others the thrill of discovering a
part of history (an accepted myth) that has been missed.

I will eventually fill this webpage with samples of the inscriptions I have found so you can better
understand what is out there. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ENCOUNTER ANY PROBLEMS VIEWING FILES

October 29,1998 Site 7 has been added today in an effort to show you both the original
photograph and the inscription that was found. This discovery was made accidentally. I was on a
family outing on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. While boating I spotted petroglyphs near a small
cave and later went to the location on foot. This cave is in a residential area and visited often by locals.
These inscriptions are everywhere, you may find one when you least expect it.

November 3,1999 I have recently received information about a cave in the midwest
that is full of inscriptions. You might find this interesting. Go to:



Coopna Cave:
http://journeyspirits.dirtbrothers.org/



Ocotber 22, 2000 Site 8 has been added because Dwight Weaver
took me to a location where he recognized the presence of inscriptions.

November 1, 2000 Site 9 has been added today.

September 18, 2001 Site 10 was added. Jeff Stilson guided a group
to a new location and Chris Wolters took the pictures.

January 5, 2002 Site 11 has been added today as part of large amount
of inscriptions that have been identified in a Missouri cave.

July 20, 2002 Site 12 has been added today.

August 26, 2002 Site 13 has been added today because Van Tobin contacted me
about a cave he and his father visited on family property years ago. Many
local traditions surround this cave and Van has always been interested in the
meaning of the markings he saw on the cave walls.

January 28,2003 Site 14 has been added today because a rock collector,
Vincent Tuerpe, profdigger39@msn.com
sent me some photos of unusual rocks he found in Oregon. He would
appreciate any comments you might have.

August 5, 2003 Site 15 has been added today because a Missouri farmer and
his neighbors have informed me of mounds and inscriptions on their lands.
So far I have inventoried 716 circular mounds with an average undisturbed size
of 3ft. high and 25 ft. diameter. Other mounds of a different configuration
occur, but they are the exception. There appear to be 2 previously
balanced rocks that have shifted and an upright stone monument.
Many rock tablets have also been found.

Feb. 19, 2004 Site 16 has been added today because Jim Jung contacted
me about inscriptions he found in Illinois. To see his findings not shown here go to:



The Waterman & Hill Traveler's Nature Almanac
http://www.naturealmanac.com/archive/a_a/anc_a.html



May 4,2004 Site 17 was added today because Eric Hertzler and Brian Cook
took me to a cave where they recognized ancient writing.

Nov. 27, 2004 Site 18 was added today because Eric Hertzler gave me
photos of a cave he visited recently in S.E. Colorado.

Aug. 12, 2006 Site 19 is from central Iowa.

Nov. 4, 2006 Bobby Seaton supplied information and some photos about
sites 8, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24

June 5, 2007 Site 26 Roy Moore supplied information for four rock walls, and 6 mounds sites 25 & 26

Dec. 2, 2007 Site 27 Gary and Alberta Zumwalt supplied this location.

Feb. 9, 2008 Site 28 Bill Duncan supplied the information for this site.

Mar. 4, 2009 Site 29 Carmen Martin supplied these photos from southern Missouri.

Mar. 4, 2009 Site 30 Andy Isabel supplied these photos from southeast Missouri.

Mar 4, 2009 Site 21 Ken Long showed me inscriptions at this location.

July 6, 2009 Site 31 Ron & Lorely Lather and Ken Long showed me inscriptions at this location.

July 27, 2009 Site 32 Photos from a cave in SE Kansas revealed these inscriptions.

Oct. 16, 2009 Site 33 Ken Long sent me photos from a location in NE Okla.

Sept. 25, 2010 Site 34 Paul Ashe sent photos of artifacts he found in east central Missouri.

Nov. 4, 2010 Site 35 Roy Moore sent photos of an artifact Brent Luaders found in east central Missouri

April 7, 2011 Sites 36,37,38 and 39 have been combined because they
are in the same general area of west Missouri and east Kansas.

December 7, 2011 Bobby Seaton new inscriptions at Location 21 photos
da,db,ea,eb,ff

January 17, 2012 Location 40 Bobby Seaton saw this broken rock with an inscription
in the road near his home.

February 13, 2012 Location 41 found in Central Kansas

June 1, 2012 New evidence in Location 15 & 21

Oct. 13, 2012 Karen Bell supplied photos for Location 42 E-Central MO.

Jan. 9, 2013 Location 43 from SW United States was added today.

INSCRIPTIONS:

Location #1
1A- Walking fish, bird, deer, squares, cross (chart), 1B- Deer, squares, misc. symbols (chart)
1C- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 1D- Letters ancient alphabet (chart)
1E- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 1F- Heart shape, letters ancient alphabet (chart)
1G- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 1H- Head, arrow, cross (photo)
1ha-Head, arrow, face, bird?, 1i letters ancient alphabet (photo),
1i-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1j-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1k-Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
1l-Heart, letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1m-Square and symbols (photo), 1n-Squares and letters ancient alphabet (photo)
1o-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1p-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1q-Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
1r-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1s-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 1t-Deer (photo)
1u- Symbol drawing

Location #2
2- Arrow, square, letters ancient alphabets (chart)
2a-ZAKEYTON (photo), 2b-ZA (photo), 2c-KEY (photo), 2d-TON (photo)
2e-IS MILLER (photo), 2f-J MIOW (photo)
2g-Square, letters ancient alphabet (photo), 2h-Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
2i-Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 2j-Arrow and closeup of "feather" (photo)

Location #3
3A- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 3B- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 3C- Letters ancient alphabet (chart)

Location #4
4- Feathered head, letters ancient alphabet (chart), 4a- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
4b- Triangle with letters (photo), 4c- Feathered head (photo)
4d- Feathered head and badly weathered inscription (photo)
4e- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 4f- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 4g- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)

Location#5
The location and photos for 5 were supplied by Matt Beeson
5A- Red and white pictographic symbols (photo)
5B- Red, white and black pictographic painting (photo)
5C- Red and black pictographic horse? (photo)
5D- Black pictographic figure and red, white and black symbols (photo)
5E- Red, white and black pictographic animal (photo)
5F- Red and black pictographic figure (photo)
5G- Large red and black pictographic symbol (photo)
5H- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 5HA- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
5I- Red, white and black pictographic concentric circles (photo)
5J- Red, white and black pictographic concentric circles (photo)
5KA- Red, white and black sectioned circle (photo)
5L- Black and white pictographic symbol (photo)
5M- Black pictographic figure with red background and 5 white triangles (photo)

Location #6
6- Phallic monument with ancient alphabetical inscription (photo)

Location#7
7- Letters ancient alphabet (photo & chart)

Location#8
Location supplied by Dwight Weaver
8aa-Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 8A- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8B- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
8C- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8D- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8E- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
8F- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8G- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8H- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
8I- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8J- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 8K- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
8L- Cave/shelter with inscriptions (photo)
8M- Dwight Weaver at cave/shelter with inscriptions (photo)
8N- Upper small cave/shelter with inscripitons (photo)
8o Bobby Seaton, "the archaeological bloodhound", at his permanent camping spot
Seaton photo 1 Seaton photo 2 Seaton photo 3 Seaton photo 4 Seaton photo 5
Seaton photo 6 Seaton photo 7 Seaton photo 8 Seaton photo 9 Seaton photo 10
Seaton photo 11

Location #9
9a- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9b- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9c- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
9d- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9e- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9f- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
9g- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9h- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9i- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
9j- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9k- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9l- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
9m- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9n- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9o- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
9p- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 9q- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)

Location for site 10 was supplied by Jeff Stilson,
and the photos were taken by Chris Wolters
10a- Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 10b- Letters ancient alphabet (photo)

Location (11a-c)drawn to reveal placement;
11d to f same inscriptions made more readable
11a- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 11b- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 11c- Letters ancient alphabet (chart)
11d- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 11e- Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 11f- Letters ancient alphabet (chart)
Artifact (07/07/09)
Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Drawing 3, Drawing 4, Drawing 5,
Drawing 6, Drawing 7, Drawing 8, Drawing 9,
Drawing 10 Drawing 11, Drawing 12, Drawing 13,
Drawing 14a left half, Drawing 14b right half Drawing 15
Drawing 16, Drawing 17, Drawing 18, Drawing 19, Drawing 20
Drawing 21, Drawing 22, Drawing 23, Drawing 24, Drawing 25
Drawing 26, Drawing 27, Drawing 28, Drawing 29, Drawing 30
Drawing 31, Drawing 32, Drawing 33, Drawing 34, Drawing 35
Drawing 36, Drawing 37, Drawing 38, Drawing 39, Drawing 40
Drawing 41, Drawing 42, Drawing 43, Drawing 44, Drawing 45
Drawing 46, Drawing 47, Drawing 48, Drawing 49, Drawing 50
Drawing 51, Drawing 52, Drawing 53, Drawing 54, Drawing 55
Drawing 56, Drawing 57, Drawing 58, Drawing 59, Drawing 60
Drawing 61, Drawing 62, Drawing 63, Drawing 64 Drawing 65
Drawing 66, Drawing 67, Drawing 68, Drawing 69, Drawing 70
Drawing 71, Drawing 72, Drawing 73, Drawing 74, Drawing 75
Drawing 76, Drawing 77, Drawing 78, Drawing 79, Drawing 80

Location 12
12- Letters ancient alphabet on a bone fragment
12a- Letters ancient alphabet on pottery, entire piece,
12b- section view 1, 12c- section view 2 12d- section view 3
12e- Drawing of markings on entire piece of pottery

Location 13 supplied by Van Tobin
13aa Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 13a Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
13bb Letters ancient alphabet (The letters "Fry" were carved by a friend of
Van's and the "DT" to the right were his brother's initials.)(chart)

13cc Letters ancient alphabet (chart), 13b Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
13c Letters ancient alphabet (The letters "Fry" were carved by a friend of
Van's and the "DT" to the right were his brother's initials.) (photo)

13d Letters ancient alphabet (The letters "Fry" were carved by a friend of
Van's and the "DT" to the right were his brother's initials.) (photo)

13e Letters ancient alphabet (photo), 13f Letters ancient alphabet (photo)
13g Picture of the cave where most of the inscriptions are located.

Location 14 was supplied by Vincent Tuerpe (Profdigger@39msn.com) a
Rock Collector who found these rocks in Oregon. He would appreciate
any comments you might have.
14a Rock Photo, 14b Rock Photo, 14c Rock Photo, 14d Rock Photo
14e Rock Photo, 14f Rock Photo, 14g Rock Photo

Location 15 supplied by 3 Missouri farmers.
Mounds 1 to 701 surveyed. I have now found a total of 980 mounds.
There appears to be a relationship between the mounds and a cave system.
Preliminary electromagnetic survey findings seem to support this premise.
If you know of another instance where this relationship seems to exist,
please let me know. In a 1 meter square approx. 80lb. of broken pottery was found.

Balanced Rock 1 (strong electromagnetic field), Balanced Rock 2 (strong electromagnetic field)
Standing Rock Monument
Two objects found in the vicinity, More artifacts found near mounds
Artifacts continued - 1, Artifacts continued - 2
Tablet 1, Tablet 2, Tablet 3, Tablet 4, Tablet 5
Tablet 6, Tablet 7, Tablet 8, Tablet 9, Tablet 10
Artifact
Rock Walls(chart), Rock Wall 336'(33.3x10) photo
Effigy Stone Left Side, Right Side, Back, Inscription on back
#2 Effigy Stone left side, Right, Front and back
Four artifacts found together
Artifacts, Artifact with inscription
Assorted artifacts found together
Stone tool views, Petrified bone views, Stone axe views
Assorted artifacts found together
Artifact
Effigy stone & pottery
-Second effigy stone matches the one above
Inscription
-Pottery with ancient writing -Pottery-a, Pottery-b, Pottery-c, Pottery-d
-Pottery and stones used to strengthen base
-Inscribed stone and drawing

Location 16 supplied by Jim Jung.
Inscription natural and highlighted

Location 17 supplied by Eric Hertzler and Brian Cook
Inscription drawing 1, Inscription drawing 2
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5
Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10
Photo 11, Photo 12, Photo 13, Photo 14, Photo 15
Photo 16, Photo 17, Photo 18, Photo 19, Photo 20
Photo 21, Photo 22, Photo 23, Photo 24,
Photo 25, Photo 26, Photo 27

Location 18 supplied by Eric Hertzler
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3
Photo 4, Photo 5

Location 19 Found in Central Iowa
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5
Photo 6, Photo 7, photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10
Photo 11, Photo 12, Photo 13, Photo 14, Photo 15
Photo 16, Photo 17, Photo 18, Photo 19, Photo 20
Photo 21, Photo 22, Photo 23, Photo 24, Photo 25
Photo 26, Photo 27, Photo 28, Photo 29, Photo 30
Photo 31 (head at bottom) Photo 32, Photo 33, Photo 34, Photo 35
Photo 36, Photo 37, Photo 38, Photo 39, Photo 40
Photo 41, Photo 42, Photo 43, Photo 44, Photo 45
Photo 46, Photo 47, Photo 48, Photo 49,
Photo 50, Photo 51

Location 20 was supplied by Bobby Seaton
Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3

Location 21 and four photos were supplied by Bobby Seaton
Ken Long in Fall 2008 showed me these inscriptions
Seaton Photo 1 Seaton Photo 2 Seaton Photo 3 Seaton Photo 4
Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9
Rock circled pit View village location from pit
Seaton Inscription, Drawing of Inscription
Seaton Artifact
Foot Inscriptions 10/07, Enlarged (Seaton photos, 30' rock wall, Caves & Bluff features
-20' feature at lower section of 90' bluff in a large river valley a few miles away
Long 1, Long 2, Long 3, Long 4
Long 5, Long 6, Long 7, Long 8
Seaton Photo da, Seaton Photo db, Seaton Photo ea, Seaton Photo eb, Seaton Photo ff
-Seaton Artifact

Location 22 was supplied by Bobby Seaton
The photos of rocks stacked in a straight line are evidence of rock walls that have
collapsed. The walls run either north to south or east to west.
Photo 1, Photo 2,
Concave impression in stone with nutting hole
Concave impression in stone
Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7
Mound - Photo 8
Photo 9, Photo 10
Depression of a storage pit. The area is full of these depressions.
Arrowhead # 1, Arrowhead # 2
Photo 11, Photo 12
Wall section that has not collapsed. Width of wall section that has not collapsed.
Seaton Inscription Photo 1 Seaton Inscription Photo 2
Seaton Inscription Photo 3 Seaton Inscription Photo 4
Inscription photo, Drawing of inscription
Bent tree 1 Bent tree 2
Rock mounds were numerous near the rock walls
500(33.3x15) foot rock wall east section
500 foot rock wall middle section
500 foot rock wall NW section
Marker 1, Marker 2
Trail Marker, Inscription
80(33.3x2+33.3/2) foot rock wall (many others lengths 10' to 40')
Many rock walls under water.
Cave entrance, Drawing of inscription in cave entrance
Hand pictograph near cave, Trailmarker
Submerged rock wall to island
Seaton - Nutting/grindstone and artifacts left in place
Rock mound rock displaced, Bent tree with Bobby Seaton
Inscription and drawing
Trailmarkers (tree) and rock
Trailmarkers tree 1 and tree 2
Hide rubbing spot

EARTHWORK:
There is an area of several acres that appears to be a prehistoric earthwork.
It is located on the side of a hill with two stone triangles at the top,
6 stair-step levels of approx. 33' x 50', a circular stone area approx. 100'
in diameter at the bottom, and a raised U shaped 10' wide mound protecting the sides.
Diagram of earthwork
Directional stone diagram
(Location 15 infrared satellite photos reveal two triangles and a large rectangle,
but a physical inspection shows nothing. This is on the
the same longitude (degree and Minute) as the earthwork in location 22,
and 8.325 miles distant.

Stacked stone on level 5 and view of level 5 below level 6
Standing stone 1, Standing stone 2

A mile west of this earthwork is what appears to be a very large, flat,
rectangular mound constructed in a valley at the base of a hill.
Mound surface - looking north, looking south
West side ramp to mound

Rock pile, Large rock pile
Trailmarker (tree 1), Trailmarker (tree 2)
Large stone with markings, Markings on sharpening stone
Needle sharpening grouves, Nutting Stone
Pottery 1, Pottery 2

Location 23 was supplied by Bobby Seaton
Trail Marker (thong tree)
48 mounds in approx. 10 acres
Mounds were approx. 3 feet high and 25 feet in diameter.

Location 24 was supplied by Bobby Seaton, April 27, 2007
Cave Entrance, Pictograph #1, Pictograph #2
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8
Photo 9, Photo 10, Photo 11, Photo 12
Photo 13, Photo 14, Photo 15, Photo 16
Photo 17, Photo 18, Photo 19, Photo 20
Photo 21, Photo 22, Photo 23, Photo 24
Photo 25, Photo 26, Photo 27, Photo 28
Photo 29, Photo 30, Photo 31, Photo 32
Photo 33, Photo 34, Photo 35, Photo 36
Photo 37, Photo 38, Photo 39, Photo 40
Photo 41, Photo 42, Photo 43

Location 25- Roy Moore supplied location for 50'(33.3+2x8.325)
100'(33.3x3) rock walls, 200'(33.3x6) effigy rock wall, and 6 mounds.
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3
Effigy rock wall, 1 Effigy 2, Effigy 3, Effigy drawing
6 mounds
50' rock wall with large rock pile on north end.
This is the fourth rock wall in the area with large rock pile on north end.

Cave entrance & Inscription
Two Inscription photos and drawings

Location 26 - Roy Moore and Junior Jones supplied locations for 300'(33.3x9) and 110'(33.3x3+8.325) rock wall respectively.
Photo 1 (1- 5 of 300' wall), Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Wall Length, Photo 5
Photo 6 (6 - 9 of 110' wall), Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9

Location 27 - Gary and Alberta Zumwalt supplied an artifact from this location
Artifact with inscription

Location 28 - Bill Duncan supplied the information for this location
There is a completely buried 142ft.(33.3x4+8.325) rock wall running north / south.
Artifact Photo 1, Artifact Photo 2

Location 29 Carmen Martin supplied these photos
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3 (outlined)
Photo 4, Photo 5 Photo 6 (04/11/09)

Location 30 Andy Isabel supplied these photos
Photo 1 (outlined), Photo 2 (outlined), Photo 3, Photo 4

Location 31 Location provided by Ron & Lorely Lather and Ken Long.
Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4
Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8

Location 32 Photos from a cave in SE Kansas revealed these inscriptions.
Photo 1, Photo2, Photo 3

Location 33 Ken Long provided a location in NE Okla.
Long Photos 1, Long Photos 2
Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6
Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10
Photo 11, Photo 12, Photo 13, Photo 14
Photo 15, Photo 16, Photo 17, Photo 18
Photo 19, Photo 20, Photo 21, Photo 22
Photo 23, Photo 24, Photo 25

Location 34 Paul Ashe provided photos of artifacts he found in east central Missouri
Artifact 1, Artifact 2, Artifact 3, Artifact 4, Artifact 4 hole depth

Location 35 Roy Moore provided photos of an artifact found by Brent Luaders in east central Missouri
Moore photo 1, , Moore photo 2, Moore photo 3, Artifact size

Locations 36,37,38 and 39 from west Missouri and east kansas
Inscripitions from four locations

Location 40 Bobby Seaton found this broken inscription in the road near his home.
Seaton artifact

Location 41 found in Central Kansas.
Inscription

Location 42 Karen Bell photos from east central Missouri.
Inscription, Face with eyes chiseled off

Location 43 from SW United States
Inscription

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