Petroglyphs: The Forsyth Boulders

Site 9Fo8 ~ Forsyth County, Georgia

34°18’21.2″N 84°12’53.1″W

These landmarks marked the juncture of two trails and the Etowah River

The Upper Etowah River Basin contains a dense concentration of petroglyphic boulders, stone circles, cairns and monoliths, which are identical to those created during the Bronze Age in southwestern Ireland. The Forsyth Boulders also contain abstract symbols typically only found in southern Scandianavia, plus other parts of the Georgia Gold Belt.

The cup circle motif is typical of Bronze Age Ireland.

The two boulders originally sat near the Etowah River. They are both about 12 feet (3.66 m) long. Nearby is a granite eagle’s beak. When road construction required their relocation in the mid-20th century, they were moved to Forsyth County Fairgrounds in Cumming. In the early 21st century, the boulders were moved to the campus of the University of Georgia.

The best known boulder is covered with typical European Bronze Age art.
Most of these symbols can also be seen on the Tugaloo Rock.
The second boulder contains a large basin.

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