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Were Ancient Rock Carvings A Global Message?

By James Donahue

Anyone that has visited historic sites has probably seen the rock carvings of images known as petroglyphs. They have been found almost everywhere on the planet . . . on large natural rock formations, in caves and anywhere early humans once gathered to hunt, camp or perhaps worship.

The images often depict animals, stick figures of humans sometimes using a bow or spear, and various other odd shapes that archaeologists have only been able to guess at their meaning.

A new theory projected by Dr. James Harris, an archaeologist from Brigham Young University, suggests that the symbols may have been an alphabet depicting a proto-Canaanite language. Not only this, but Harris and other archaeologists have discovered that the same exact symbols are found in rocks not only in Europe and Asia, but in the Americas and probably elsewhere in the world.

Even more exciting is that Harris has used ancient Hebrew phonetic sounds to successfully translate many of the symbols, thus giving strong credence to his theory. He was assisted in this research by the late William McGlone, an amateur archaeologist and retired space engineer, who uncovered an identical collection of symbols carved in stones near La Junta, Colorado, in the late 1990s, and Gary Vey, editor of Viewzone, who developed a computer program to assist in the translation work.

Vey subsequently broke this story on his website at

Harris first found an excellent collection of symbols from the ruins of a mining site in the Negev desert in Israel. The mine, which was originally supported by wooden beams, had collapsed, thus preserving the symbols on the rock walls. Carbon dating the wood remains of the ancient beams dated the site at about 1500 BC.

During the research on the Israeli and Colorado symbols Vey said images of similar petroglyphs were received from archaeologists and historians from all over the world. He said this included a large refined collection and writings in stone and bronze from Yemen, at the site of the recently uncovered palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

Vey said Australian historian and linguist John McGovern also got involved in the work, collecting and helping “reconstruct the esoteric, religious and cultural systems that motivated these early authors. He describes a highly developed understanding of deity and the cosmos that inspired these ancient texts.”

In other words, many of the rock carvings found around the world aren’t simple stories left by aboriginal hunters and telling of their success at acquiring meat for their tribes, as many archaeologists first believed. They were stories that the authors believed were important enough to carve deeply in rocks so people in the future could read and understand the message.

Among the early translations was what appears to be a prophetic warning from the symbols uncovered in both Colorado and Yemen.

Examining the few published translations strongly suggests that the ancient writers were leaving a warning of some future event. They speak of something coming “from overhead,” possibly the sun, and seek guidance and protection from “the Mother,” possibly referring to The Mother Earth. They also warn that the people failed to take action to protect themselves.

The translations, as should be expected, are extremely vague and fragmented, and the messages may not be in any way related to current events. Yet the uncanny similarities to what the ancients appear to have been writing about, and the world as we observe it today, is somewhat unnerving.