🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Some strange evil looking thing in the woods. Petroglyph or natural....

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Found this strange thing in the woods and wanted your opinion. Looks like a carved face on the stone although I do realize it's probably natural. I checked the stone for any cracks to see if there's a water infiltration that could have caused it but didn't find anything. Anyways, just wanted your opinion. I know Abenaki made stone carvings of a face on the rock cliffs, but this thing seems different. It's about 8-10 inches long and 6 inches wide.

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Hmm interesting, I want to say it's natural I know most aren't but there are times nature is quite good at being an artist. Though I'm definitely not for sure.
Yes, very possibly natural.
 
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What type of stone is it in Sandstone or granite ,being sandstone would be pretty easy to carve into granite not so much. My thoughts are there was a fossil of some type in there that weathered away leaving the impression behind.
Yes, could be the case. I thought also that this rock could have been submerged a while back. Whirlpools of underwater sand and underwater debris can sometimes erode holes in the rock.
 
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As implied above, the problem is provenance, meaning how do you know it wasn't carved in modern times? If it was carved at all. It doesn't look natural to me, but that doesn't prove antiquity. I'd say look around and see if there are any others? Also, did you pull anything out of the ground around it? Whenever I come across a large solitary rock in the woods, if it is nearby where current or past folks have/do live, there are almost always beer caps, spent shells or other trash to be found. Something about how folks go walking around the woods - they just always plop down for a spell on any big rock like that. I have found the trash I described multiple times in just that situation. You could also poke around in the soil for fallen stone fragments or non-ferrous trash like broken beer bottles. My best guess would be if you can't pull anything from the soil around it, or see signs of maybe stone fragments laying about, then maybe it is both not-natural and older.
 
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As implied above, the problem is provenance, meaning how do you know it wasn't carved in modern times? If it was carved at all. It doesn't look natural to me, but that doesn't prove antiquity. I'd say look around and see if there are any others? Also, did you pull anything out of the ground around it? Whenever I come across a large solitary rock in the woods, if it is nearby where current or past folks have/do live, there are almost always beer caps, spent shells or other trash to be found. Something about how folks go walking around the woods - they just always plop down for a spell on any big rock like that. I have found the trash I described multiple times in just that situation. You could also poke around in the soil for fallen stone fragments or non-ferrous trash like broken beer bottles. My best guess would be if you can't pull anything from the soil around it, or see signs of maybe stone fragments laying about, then maybe it is both not-natural and older.
No trash what so ever, it's very deep in the woods. Very occasional shotgun shell, that's it. I checked under the rock and around it, nothing. About 2 miles away there was an Archaic - Woodland period Native village,but of course, it doesn't mean they are related, just giving more detail about the area.
It could be from later period, but I doubt it's very modern, all the portions of the rock are weathered.
Or again, could still be natural.
 
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As implied above, the problem is provenance, meaning how do you know it wasn't carved in modern times? If it was carved at all. It doesn't look natural to me, but that doesn't prove antiquity. I'd say look around and see if there are any others? Also, did you pull anything out of the ground around it? Whenever I come across a large solitary rock in the woods, if it is nearby where current or past folks have/do live, there are almost always beer caps, spent shells or other trash to be found. Something about how folks go walking around the woods - they just always plop down for a spell on any big rock like that. I have found the trash I described multiple times in just that situation. You could also poke around in the soil for fallen stone fragments or non-ferrous trash like broken beer bottles. My best guess would be if you can't pull anything from the soil around it, or see signs of maybe stone fragments laying about, then maybe it is both not-natural and older.
Boy,this might outdistance Oak Island.
 
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