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Salt Rock Petroglyphs

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Arguably West Virginia's most famous petroglyphs, the Salt Rock petroglyphs are carved on two large boulders about 100 yards from the northeast bank of the Guyandotte River. The earliest record of the site is from Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1848.

The rocks contain several carvings, including a figure wearing a "weeping eye" mask. Some authoritative sources suggests AD 1550-1650 as being the approximate period the rock art was created.

Early settlers to the area of Salt Rocks, WV, reported finding evidence of Native American village sites, mounds, and numerous other Indian artifacts in the area.

Location: Near the town of Salt Rock, WV in Cabell County

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