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A remarkable photograph by a friend of the Reef Bay trail waterfalls and petroglyphs on St John, US Virgin Islands.
These petroglyphs are all over the Caribbean and are thought to be around 500-1000 years old from the migration of Amerindians of the Arawak peoples from the Orinoco area, up through the Caribbean all the way to the Bahamas, and then back.

Allamanda 8 Jan 17
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Is there a map.

Remowill Level 7 Jan 17, 2020

not necessary as it's the main hiking trail and signposted (National Park etc.) but I'm sure there are maps.

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Very nice and I wonder what is their meaning. Petroglyphs are a common feature from aboriginal groups world-wide and even here they are very common.

JackPedigo Level 9 Jan 17, 2020
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The petroglyphs seem similar to Mayan.

Charlene Level 9 Jan 17, 2020

also to Hawaiian, I think it's partly a factor of what you can engrave in rock with similar tools? but no doubt cultural similarities too. All of these symbols also occur in the Celtic petroglyphs in one form or another.

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Cool.

t1nick Level 8 Jan 17, 2020
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I have photo’s from St. Vincent in the Grenadines with petroglyphs on large rocks that are beside houses and roads. I think they look similar to this photograph, I’ll have to dig them out and compare. Quite amazing really.

MsHoliday Level 8 Jan 17, 2020

that's one island I've never been to, but I have files of petroglyphs from around 8 others!

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Great pic,,nice to see petroglyphs too!

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Wonder what they mean ?

Cast1es Level 8 Jan 17, 2020

nobody has any idea! common are spirals, concentric circles, things like faces, triangles...

I think that asking the question as to their meaning is perhaps the wrong question. Unless they have equivalency in the existing culture of the area and are still in use, or were within living memory, it's impossible to know. Attaching meaning without a modern usage is a dangerous endeavor. Early archaeology is full of well meaning souls that commonly attached religious meanings to items that later turn out to have no religious affiliation. It's tempting to do.

A fun read from the 1970's archaeology annuals is a short story called "Nacirema". Is a satirical, but satirical look at the "American" culture by future archaeologists. It's a fun tongue in cheek read. Demonstrates the propensity to identify usage to things with no extant cognate. Like a toilet as an alter. Lol

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Awesome

bobwjr Level 9 Jan 17, 2020
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Fascinating.

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