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    Arrow Cherokee petroglyphs carved in rock in Norh Carolina

    Two years ago I was kayak camping on Fontana lake with a friend who's family came out of Chambers Creek. We camped and hiked up the creek to see some of the most beautiful old homesites still left that I have ever seen. He had a 1800s map that showed where the homesites were located and the names of the families that lived there. It was awesome to see the sites and know the names of those who lived there. The map also stated that there was a Cherokee petroglyph on Welch's branch that is underwater in the summer but visible when the water level is down. So we decided to paddle there and check it out. After a while we realized that the map named the area Welch's creek but it was not on the park service's map. We found two men in a bass boat fishing and asked them if they ever heard of Welch's creek. "Been fishin these here waters all our lives and never heered of that thar crick" they stated. So we looked at the old map and the branch was beside another one that came into the lake near one another and looked like a set of horns. We paddled to the branch using the old map and crawled out of our boats. After a 10 second walk on the bank, there it was. A hand pointed in a certain direction along with two lines that crossed and lines that went thru the other existing lines. My friend got a great picture but I was experiencing dead batteries so I didn't. Anyone ever seen this petroglyph? We later found info that it was a directional map showing the villages on the river. I hope to go there this spring and obtain a picture of my own.
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    Hope you post a pic. I had Cherokee ancestors in Coyotee Village in east Tennessee, but that petroglyph might not be Cherokee.
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    The Cherokee claim this petroglyph.

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    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1724588 I have other pix when the water level is lower where you can see the carvings, does anyone know what when carvings mean? There are several large boulders in the same location with carvings. I also have the numbers if that would help.
    Last edited by Flipperfla; Jun 19, 2019 at 05:37 PM.

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    maybe a grindstone?

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    Here is another pix, you can see some of the carving. I will be back in the area this fall and will take closeups and trace the markings. It is only out of the water in the fall when they lower the lake water level.Click image for larger version. 

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