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Enigmatic Inscriptions That Are Lesser Known Mysteries

Enigmatic Inscriptions That Are Lesser Known Mysteries

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”

Anais Nin

Some mysteries are quite famous and some of them are far from the light. It is always exciting to know about a mystery that is not too much in the public eye. There are a certain enigmatic inscriptions found by the researchers, which are not apparently very well known to many people. These mysteries are lesser known and very intriguing. All the three mysterious inscriptions appeared in different parts of America.

Spider Rock Treasure Maps

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In the country of Texas, where the Brazos river flows, there are legends claimed to be of lost Spanish copper, silver and gold mines.The treasure hunting expeditions were launched to search for these lost mines in, as early as 1872.  Researchers found three copper inlaid stone maps in three different Texas counties between 1902 to 1910. They were an assortment of glyphs, cryptic letters and numbers as well as the spiderweb like design, as the name suggests.

A brief description of the stones originally appeared in a web article by Bill Townsley and as found in

“All three rocks bear some of the same symbols. As example, a spider web design is found on either the front or back side of all three stones. Cut along the edge of the Rotan Spider Rock is the numeral “94”, the same appears on the Aspermont Spider Rock. “71” written as an Arabic numeral on the Clyde Spider Rock appears as a Roman numeral on the Aspermont Spider Rock. Capital “F”s appears on all three stones. The numeral “29” appears on both the Rotan and Clyde Spider Rocks, as do the letters “PO”. “CXF” appears on both the Aspermont and Clyde rocks.”

The third stone that was found in Rotan, Fisher County, TX, is on a display at the museum run by Dr. Hale, a college professor.

Steve Wilson, a long time researcher, also mentioned about the rocks that were collectively turned as spider maps, in his book The Spider Rock Treasure:

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“On dogged treasure hunter was Dave Arnold, who appeared in 1902 with an intriguing sheepskin map. After months of searching, he unearthed the stone map called the Spider Rock, with its tantalizing spider web-like design, Roman and Arabic numerals, and cryptic symbols. Nearby he found silver epaulets, a Spanish sword, silver crucifix and copper plates bearing strange tracery. In 1905 he moved his search to a wilderness sixty miles southeast, and once again unearthed a beautifully carved stone map imprisoned in the roots of a huge oak. Still later, moving sixty miles west-northwest, he uncovered yet another stone map, bearing the same concentric circles and symbols that appeared on the first two. Dave Arnold’s bizarre quest unfolded over a decade, until he disappeared without a trace in 1914. The search was renewed a decade later by one of the original seekers. Then, in the 1930’s, more clues were found, including crude smelter pits, small silver crosses and statuettes and nuggets of gold. The first two stone maps and many of the artifacts found near them were long believed destroyed in a 1909 fire at the Terrell Drug Store in Haskell, Texas. But the Terrell family had kept a secret for almost seventy years: that many of those ancient items survived. With them were map tracings, letters, and documents describing an extensive search. The third stone map turned up in Waco, where it had been used as a doorstop for more than half a century.” – as found in

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The disc that was reportedly found by a local Rotan resident, C. Ormin Duke in the 1960’s, further added to the mystery as it had the representation of first two rocks on either of its sides.

Judaculla Rock

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Protruding from the middle of a man-made depression, the Judaculla rock is essentially a soapstone boulder. J.B. Parker family in 1959 apparently donated the tract of land within Nantahala National Forest, Jackson County, to the county. The rock, which has a sloped face, covered with 1500 petroglyphs is apparently sacred to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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One tale in the North Carolina History Project depicts that Judaculla was a giant who had slanted eyes along with superhuman-like powers. He selected a bride from Cherokee Tribe and took her to the spirit world, which made her mother and brother want her back. The bride’s mother and brother fasted for 7 days to get her back but Judaculla refused to give his wife and killed the bride’s brother with a thrash of lightning. Judaculla allowed all brave and faithful tribesmen and women to enter into an eternal life in the spirit world after their deaths and since then, this tribe believes that the inscriptions on the stone is the way of how one can enter into the spiritual world.

Some researchers proposed that the markings on the stone may form a map of game and resources in the area while others speculated that the petroglyphs are an account of a great battle with the Creek in 1755. Some also claim that the Judaculla Rock tells of a time when giants and little people lived together in harmony. No claims have been substantialised yet.

The Monte Video Inscription

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Researchers found a two word Latin inscription in sandstone, “Monte Video”, in the Grand Canyon, on the Esplanade platform near the Bass Trail. The translation of the text is “I see mountains from this place”. The mystery is who carved these two words and what might have been the reason behind it.

Robert C. Euler, the Grand Canyon National Park anthropologist, did the first scientific survey of the site in 1980. He speculated that the inscription was made sometime around 1900. His speculation pointed towards William Wallace Bass, a man who owned a tour operation in the area from 1885 to 1923.

However, geologist Ray Kenny, in 2010 had a new hypothesis published in Park Science. It speculated that the inscription could have been made by a group led by Spanish explorer Francisco Vàsquez de Coronadois, who were known to have visited the Grand Canyon in 1540.

Both the theories proposed are quite debatable and no one has been able to derive a firm conclusion yet.

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