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Etowah Library Speaker Series – Native American Rock Carvings

March 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Date: March 22, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Etowah Library

Speaker: Dennis Chastain, naturalist, historian and outdoor writer


Dennis Chastain will present a slide show about the petroglyphs, or ancient Indian rock carvings, found in the mountains of both North and South Carolina.

In the late 1990’s he and now retired archaeologist, Tommy Charles, discovered more than 600 circle type petroglyphs on Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains in northwestern South Carolina. In later years, a grand total of more than 2,000 of these curious artifacts have been documented at fifteen different sites, ranging from Pisgah and Dupont forests in North Carolina to the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in South Carolina. Chastain will discuss a recent archaeological study, which he co-authored along with Dr. Johnanes Loubser, concerning the circle petroglyphs on Pinnacle Mountain.

The slide show will also cover a wide variety of other rock carvings, including Judaculla Rock near Cullawhee, NC and more than 20 stick figure petroglyphs at Hagood Mill near Pickens, SC., along with numerous other petroglyphs and pictographs (cave paintings) from both Carolinas.


*Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling the Etowah Library at (828)891-6577. Registration for this event is full, but if you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please call the number provided.


*If you’d like to join us for a hike to the petroglyph site on the Long Ridge of Pinnacle Mountain, join us on March 31 during our Spring Hiking Series!

Also, if you’d like to hear more about Native American’s in the Carolinas, join us at the Landrum Library Speaker Series on May 23!


Contact Pam Torlina, [email protected], with questions or for more information.


March 22, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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