he enhanced digital image above is a portion of a 60 foot long petroglyph that is located on private land. Known as "Bear Rock Canyon," this location has been regarded as containing one of the most significant clues of the ancient authors. The petroglyph is carved along a stretch of canyon wall, some 18 feet above the present day floor. It reads from right to left and is believed to have a picture of a large ship, with sails and rigging, on the extreme right (just out of view in this image).
Many believe that this petroglyph tells of a journey by sea and land and could possibly reveal some valuable information as to when and where the authors came from in the Old World.
On the lower right can there is what appears to be a ship's hull with the letter Mem sitting inside the outline. Mem, appearing alone, is interpreted as meIM, or "from..." Thus, it would appear that the adventure time-line begins with leaving the boat or ship.
Skipping to the next complete ligature, we read (top to bottom) Yod-Resh, yeRI, "shooting fire..." which is emphasized by the deeply engraved image with rays coming from it to the right. This appears to be some sign - perhaps a comet or some celestial lights - that were seen following embarking from the ship.
The vertical line and the horizontal line in this ligature still pose some problems in translation. The horizontal lines resemble the arms of a figure. Each even terminates in five radiating lines that resemble fingers. However, the line to the left continues to form the "time line" that spans the entire 60 foot petroglyph.
The next recognized shapes are made of an Alef+Tsadeh-Tsadeh. The concentric circles are the letter Tsadeh repeated to indicate a word termination. ATS, "quickly, with haste..." To the left of this grouping there is another set of concentric circles which will be read, Tsadeh-Tsadeh or "appeared..." The bottom of this ligature contains a tightly coiled Shin followed by an inverted Chet, to be read SHAH, "to become bent..."
To the immediate left of this ligature is a small ligature that has a circle on top, a long vertical line which terminates in a horizontal line. We interpret this as Alef-Zayin, AZ, "then..." and immediately to the left of this is a large circular shape, Alef followed to the left by a divided rectangle, Vav and a rare form of Dalet (doubled to indicate word ending). We read this as AVD, "to be lost or disappear..."
What we would appear to have is a portion of a story in which the authors, after debarking their ship, witnessed a bright light in the sky (possibly a comet) which had a bent tail or path and which disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared. Perhaps this was taken as a sign of some sort. Further translations will likely help fill in the gaps of this story.
Viewzone has just been in contact with the No Man's Land Museum in Oklahoma and has learned that this entire panel was chalked and photographed in the 1940s by Dr. Weisendanger, first to discoverer these unusual petroglyphs in Colorado and Oklahoma. We have just asked that a set of these photographs be sent to us and will publish these, along with any revisions to our translation, as they are received. Meanwhile, we will devote our attention to some of the other petroglyphs that we photographed.
Gary Vey, Editor