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Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous Past

Douglas Hunter

Abstract

Claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archeology, Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs in southern Massachusetts. First noted by New England colonists in 1680, the rock’s markings have been debated endlessly by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic. The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-Indigenous cultures: Norsemen, Egyptians, Lost Tribes of Israel, vanished Portuguese explorers, and even a prince from Atlantis. In this fascinating story rich in personalities and memorable characters, D ... More

Keywords: archaeology, ethnology, migration, race, indigenous, petroglyphs, rock art, Dighton Rock, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469634401
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634401.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Hunter, author