Wm Jack Hranicky RPA

​ rockart glyphs pictographs petroglyphs


Peter’s Mountain in Albemarle County, Virginia is designated here as a geographical area which has a complex of sites with artifacts. It was reported to the rockart survey by Hal Young in 11-29-2011. He states:

 All of the territorial boundaries for the native people were based on the river drainages and the mountains. The Southwest Mountain Range is the eastern most mountain range, the closest to the sea, of all in North America south of the frigid Northeast. And Peter's Mountain is the tallest mountain of that range, easily recognizable. But most importantly, if one stands on the summit of Peter's Mountain, that person is within 100-200 yards of springs that feed into the drainage of 3 main mid-Atlantic river drainages: the Rappahannock, the York, and the James Rivers. And the distance to salt/brackish water is the same for all 3 drainages: about 90 miles. If one moves a short distance north or south along the Southwest Mountains and beyond, this is not true.

Note: The top of Peter’s Mountain belongs to the U.S. Government. Any work is this area must be with federal archaeologists.

Raised Glyph from side of a Shelter (American Cheetah?)

Peter's Mountain Ceremonial Site

Class: Multible

Time: Unknown

​Location: Albemarle County, Virginia

Peter’s Mountain played an important role in early Virginia prehistory. The mountain is covered with Pleistocene artforms. This site is the first to be recorded with raised (or relief) glyphs in the the eastern U.S. It probably has solstice alignments, but these remain to be studied. They are coated with bitumen or pitch glue. Any other black adhesive would not have lasted all these years.