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Lynco in Wyoming County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Prehistoric Petroglyphs

 
 
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
1. Prehistoric Petroglyphs Marker
Inscription.  Nearby are ancient rock carvings of unknown age or purpose. Some think early Celtic explorers carved them. Others believe Native Americans more likely carved them prior to 1000 AD.
 
Erected by West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1000 CE.
 
Location. 37° 40.945′ N, 81° 39.708′ W. Marker is in Lynco, West Virginia, in Wyoming County. Marker is at the intersection of Clear Fork Road (West Virginia Route 971) and Haven County Road (Route 971/17), on the right when traveling south on Clear Fork Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynco WV 24857, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Cooke (approx. 1.7 miles away); Capt. Ralph Stewart (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named John Cooke (approx. 2.2 miles away); William Walker (approx. 2.6 miles
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2019
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away); Civil War Romance (approx. 2.6 miles away); Richard M. Cook (approx. 3˝ miles away); Guyandotte Baptist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pineville (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Luther Elkins Petroglyphs. Article on Atlas Obscura. Excerpt:
The Luther Elkins Petroglyph, also known as the “Lynco,” “Lillyhaven,” or “Horse Creek” petroglyphs, are located at the base of a steep hill overlooking the bottom of the upper Clear Fork of the Guyandotte River. Though their age and meaning are unknown, they’re widely attributed to the Algonquian peoples.

But there are some who think the rock art was the work of a foreign hand. Archaeological conspiracy theorists believe these prehistoric markings were created not by the area’s indigenous inhabitants, but by Irish monks.
(Submitted on August 28, 2019.) 
 
Prehistoric Petroglyphs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Permenter
3. Prehistoric Petroglyphs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on February 18, 2020, by Jesse Permenter of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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May. 19, 2022