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View of Paint Lick Mountain Site
Water View of the Difficult Run Site
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View off Short Mountain Site
Oldest discovered rockart sie in Virginia:
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In 1886 Dr. Hoffman visited a local field 9 miles southwest of Tazewell, Tazewell county, Virginia, which can be designated as follows: The range of hills bounding the western side of the valley presents at various points low cliffs and exposures of Silurian sandstone. About 4 miles below the village, known as Knob post-office, there is a narrow ravine leading up toward a depression in the range, forming a pass to the valley beyond, near the summit of which is a large irregular exposure of rock facing west southwest, upon the eastern extremity of which are a number of pictographs, many of which are still in good preservation. Fig. 90 is a representation (above). The western most object, i.e., the one on the extreme left, appears to be a circle about 16 inches in diameter, from the outer side of which are short, radiating lines giving the whole the appearance of a sun. Beneath and to the right of this is the outline of an animal resembling a doe.
Special Report - Spout Run Site
Winter Solstice Sun at Bear Mountain Site in West Virginia
View of the Short Mountain Site
To us, petroglyphs are not the remnants of some long, lost civilization…they are part of our living culture. What is stored in the petroglyphs is not written in any book. We need to return to them to remind us of who we are and where we came from, and to teach our sons and daughters of it.
Herman Agoyo, All-Indian Pueblo Council Chairman, 1988.
Major History Features
VIRGINIA ROCKART SURVEY
Mallory’s 1888-89 drawing of the Paint Lick Mountain (44TZ13) pictographs