The Strange Petroglyphs of Dighton Rock

On the shores of Taunton River at Berkley, Massachusetts, stands a small museum with a single but massive exhibit—a 40-ton rock that was fished out of the riverbed and installed here in 1963—the famous Dighton Rock named after the former town of Dighton where it was found. The rock’s fame lies in the indecipherable inscriptions carved on its face that has puzzled scholars since the 17th century.

The petroglyphs, primarily made up of straight lines and geometric shapes, are accompanied by very basic drawings of people along with writing that are known. It almost looks like random doodles made by people who had nothing better to do, but people are convinced they hide a secret message.

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Dighton Rock

The Dighton Rock in 1893.


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