The rockart section contains the following pages:

The site was discovered and reported by Gene Jones in 1970. The Virginia Rockart Survey had difficulty in re-finding the site, but with local informants, located, recorded, and published the site. It is a large limestone boulder with numerous glyphs. The boulder may be historic; it remains to be studied. The site was named after the Virginia city. It is located in Tazewell County.

 Boulder measurements:
2 x 4 x 1.5 feet

Mud Glyph Cave, Tennessee

The Fish Glyph is located on the Maryland side of Great Falls on the Potomac River. It was investigated by the Virginia Rockart Survey (Hranicky, et al. (2014), and was published in National Geographic by George Stuart (Garrett 1987).

The Bull Run glyph (44FX###) is an incised stick figure with pecking around the head and upper chest. Hands are claw-like, with no fingers. Glyph has no feet; only legs. The glyph is weathered suggesting a considerable antiquity. It was placed inside a small rockshelter on a flat wall. Shelter wall has graffiti which does not affect the glyph.

Reported (independently) by: John Lombardo and John Lockard. Recorded: 7-23-2013 by the Virginia Rockart Survey and Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Location: Bull Run River Drainage, Fairfax County, Virginia

USGS Quad: Manassas. Glyph Dimensions:
`           Top-to-Bottom: 21 inches
            Top Across: 14 inches
            Bottom Across: 12 inches
            Bottom to Ground: 62 inches
            Faces East at 70 degrees

The Fish glyph does not have a counterpart in northeastern rockart (as in: Lenik 2002 and 2009 and Faulkner 1996). It does resemble the style and location of Susquehanna River glyphs (as in: Cadzow 1934 and Lenik 2009); it is probably a southern Susquehanna cultural marker. The glyph needs Park Service chalking to define its true structure and dimensions.

Fish Glyph (Maryland) - Potomac River

Recording the Glyph – Shows Boulder’s Relative Size

Scott Silsby Recording

 Falls Mills Petroglyphic Site, Tazewell County, Virginia

A mud glyph is basically finger drawing in moist mud sides on the interior of caves. See Williams Cave. The cave dates around 450 AD and set the standards for mud glyph rockart studies.

Bob Jolly (DHR) and Jack Hranicky


Paint Lick Mountain Pictograph Site, Tazewell County, Virginia

The boulder is located at: 37º 15’ 39” N and 81º 19’ 69 “ W. It is located approximately ¾ of the way up a slope that faces the streambed. Drawing by Gene Jones.

Bull Run Petroglyph Site, Fairfax County, Virginia

Paint Lick Mountain (44TZ13) was first reported by Mallery (1888-89). It was the first site investigated by the Virginia Rockart Survey. Dale Collins and the author first investigated the site in November 1983. Numerous trips with volunteers from the Archeological Society of Virginia to the site were subsequently made to record it. The site is both a winter and summer solstice observation site which probably dates around 1400 AD or later. The site has Mississippian factors and is probably associated with mounds in western Virginia.


 Paint Lick has two solar observational functions:

  • Upper panel is in shadow during the summer solstice
  • Shelter (Glyph #20) is dark all year except during the winter solstice when it is illuminated.