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Betwixt and Between: Petroglyph Boulders on Liminal Locations in the Southeastern Mountains

Author(s): Johannes Loubser

Year: 2016

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As far as can be ascertained, all documented petroglyph boulders in northern Georgia and western North Carolina occur next-to old Indian overland trails or certain river corridors, specifically at transition points on the landscape. Moreover, these transition points occur between sites with mounds and town houses at one end and certain mountain tops at the other. Whereas a few Cherokee accounts explicitly mention petroglyph boulders at such locales, the placement of some others can be inferred indirectly by comparing locations with traditional accounts. Based on interpretations of documented Cherokee accounts and re-occurring pecked depictions on the boulders, it is proposed that petroglyphs at transition points refer to certain transitional junctures in Indian’s lives.


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Betwixt and Between: Petroglyph Boulders on Liminal Locations in the Southeastern Mountains. Johannes Loubser. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403487)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America