Mysterious Inscriptions on the Dighton Rock

Dighton rock

The Dighton rock is one of the most puzzling archeological discoveries of the American continent. The rock has been cause for debate for years because of the obvious ancient cuneiform, and yet no one has determined its origin or deciphered the text. The 40-ton rock is 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, 2.9 meters (10 feet) wide, and 3.4 meters (11 feet) long. It was discovered in Taunton River in Massachusetts (USA). In the winter, when the  Taunton River was frozen, the rock remained hidden under an ice cap. These harsh conditions, ironically, protected the inscriptions from vandalism.

Dighton Rock, and the surrounding 101 acres, (same size as the  Vatican), became a State Park in 1954. In 1963, Dighton Rock was removed from the water, raised 11 feet to a cofferdam but retaining its original orientation, and protected by a chain link fence.

The mysterious rock is covered with petroglyphs and complex figures. It was first mentioned by Reverend Cotton Mather in his book, “The Wonderful Works of God Commemorated”, published in 1690:

“Among the other Curiosities of New-England, one is that of a mighty Rock, on a perpendicular side whereof by a River, which at High Tide covers part of it, there are very deeply Engraved, no man alive knows How or When about half a score Lines, near Ten Foot Long, and a foot and half broad, filled with strange Characters: which would suggest as odd Thoughts about them that were here before us, as there are odd Shapes in that Elaborate Monument..”

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There are a lot of of theories trying to explain the origin of the carvings on the mysterious rock. According to Ezra Stiles, researcher and author, the rock was carved by ancient Phoenician travelers. There are also theories that suggest the cuneiform symbols are the work of Portugal travelers, or even Vikings.

The Portuguese theory seems most probable since in 1918, when Edmund B. Delabarre, a psychologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, detected the date 1511:„I saw it, clearly and undoubtedly, the date 1511. No one had ever seen it before on the rock or photograph; yet once seen, its genuine presence on the rock cannot be doubted.“

Gavin Menzies, author of the book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, believes the detailed text and figures are the works of ancient Chinese sailors, who made it to the shores of America almost 100 years before Columbus did.

Even though none of the theories has been proven, some researchers see a resemblance between the Dighton Rock and the recently discovered Inga Stone in Brazil. The inscriptions on the Inga Stone are yet to be deciphered, but some of the symbols have been identified as Phoenician.

The Inga stone. Pixabay
The Inga stone. Pixabay

Brazilian researcher, Gabriele Baraldi, has spent a long time studying the encrypted text on the Inga Stone and he believes that the inscriptions are proof of unknown ancient technology.

Whatever theories there might be about the origin of the Dighton rock, the truth remains a mystery. Here’s the official website of the Dighton rock where you can find more info about this persisting mystery.