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The Forsyth Petroglyph - Native American Rock Carving - Possible Mayan Influence

Updated on August 13, 2016
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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired Blood Banker and Laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

The Georgia Forsyth Petroglyph

Star map on rock with possible Mayan influence
Star map on rock with possible Mayan influence | Source

Aztec or Mayan Star Map in Georgia?

Here is a carved rock that the locals call a *Flower Rock*. A research paper by Gary C. Daniels attempts to identify what is represented in the glyphs carved into the rock. These are facts regarding the Forsyth Petroglyph rock in Georgia, USA:

  • It is a giant boulder
  • it is not located in Mesoamerica
  • It is covered in what looks like Aztec or Mayan star glyphs
  • It seems to have mathematical symbols similar to Mayan events recorded at Mesoamerican sites.
  • Some of the glyphs seem to represent 'A new beginning'
  • The glyphs look like star maps or a constellations
  • At least one of the glyphs resembles the Aztec/Mayan glyph for Cipactli.

Gary Daniels has completed his research and presents it in his web paper entitled, "Did Mayan Astronomers Create the Forsyth Petroglyph?"

Giant Boulder Rock Carvings

Study the glyphs
Study the glyphs
Rotated 180 degrees
Rotated 180 degrees

Please help identify this boulder...

Here are 4 views of the boulder sent to me by G. Daniels of

I have tentatively identified one of the glyphs as Cipactli, the Aztec Earth God.

If you have some guess or factual information about this object, please leave a comment for follow up.

We try to piece together the Native American stories left to us by our continent's first settlers. They did not have pen and paper as we know them today. But they did leave many rock carvings, pictographs, and other artwork that have survived the years.

There is so much to learn of lost civilizations. Where did the Anasazi come from? Where did they go? How many Native American cultures are alive and thriving today? Did our ancestors leave us important messages?

What the heck is it?

What do you see in this rock carving?

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© 2009 Lela

Comments - Give us your best guess as to what this rock carving represents...

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  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Thanks, Gary. I'll add a link above too.

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    9 years ago

    I recently published my findings about this petroglyph on my website under the title: "Forsyth Petroglyph Reveals Comet Impact?" To summarize, basically I think the petroglyph includes the constellation Draco and the Pleiades. It also appears to show a comet that breaks up into to pieces. It may represent an actual event that happened in 500 AD in which a large fragment of the Comet Encke broke up into three pieces. It is also possible smaller fragments from this breakup impacted the earth and led to a severe climate downturn known in climate studies as the Severe Weather Event of 536 AD.

    This is just part one of my research. Part two will include my interpretation of the possible mesoamerican symbols on the rock and how they relate to this comet breakup.

    You can read the analysis here:

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I have a program I downloaded for the girls to start learning the constellations - it's called Go Sky Watch - it really reminds me of some of the symbols there. I looked again - still does? Hmmmmm........

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    Debra Allen 

    9 years ago from West By God

    I have no real idea about the first ones, but the rock at the bottom looks like an ameoba and the lives that are in it, which would also mean that we are even part of the ameoba as to the size of the universe. My thoughts anyway.

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    Rod Marsden 

    9 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

    Seems likely.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    Apparently, this is some legend from what tribe, I am not sure of. The owner sent me the drawings to post to try to figure it out. We have concluded that it is a story of some kind. Kind of like the creation story.

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    Rod Marsden 

    9 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

    Even the fact that there is a riddle worth solving speaks volumes for the intelligence of the carver or carvers. The symbols may be more than just symbols. Looks to me like there is some repetition. Why repeat? Written languages and mathematical keys have repetition. My thoughts at any rate.

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    10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    No photos available. Gary only sent me the drawings. I asked for photos, but haven't received any.

    He is doing an article about this on and hopefully the riddle will be solved soon.

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    10 years ago

    Are there photographs of this boulder? What was its original orientation to the ground? The shape of the boulder --its Form appears to be that of a large stone knife note the scalloped edges. The "bullseye" signs represent deep holes. However it is not known how much weathering has affected the signs on the boulder so all that can be said is that some of the signs appear to be spirit signs. See the above URL for something that might be similar to a Knife with many hole signs on it.

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    john essmaker 

    10 years ago

    i love Mayan art and the Mayan people. i lived among their descendants for ten years in Guatemala. i married a Mayan woman in 1983 we are still married, living in Michigan. i belong to a art site, we would love you to join and share with us. john essmaker, leader

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    10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    I have re-categorized this hub. Hopefully into a more accurate category. Still need help with identifying these symbols.

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    Holle Abee 

    10 years ago from Georgia

    I have no idea - but please let us know what you find out!


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