In the near future I will be announcing the creation of a new non profit organization, the Purpose of the organization is Preservation, Education, and Documentation of the many Native American Petroglyphs sites, and in addition to, for the purpose of study pertaining to the hypothesis of the Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs as a Hieroglyphic Writing System based on independent symbols combined to form a hieroglyph combination. The hypothesis is largely based on the theories of LaVan Martineau of whom for near 30 years I have tried to disprove as well as prove, to date, I find no fault in his theory.
It is my hope to present the many evidences and show the validity of this theory by publicizing my findings of near 30 years, and to show that what we perceive as the Native American Indian, is not necessarily those responsible for the petroglyphs of the west. In every instant case of the old publications ranging from the 1500’s to the 1800’s I have yet to find just one first encounter with the Native American Indian who laid claim to being those who wrote the glyphs. With the exception of the Lenape, Ojibwa and a few other tribes who actually have their own hieroglyphic writing system, each documented first encounter with the Native Indian and when asked who made the marks on the rocks or when did they make the marks, they always responded quite similar, “We no make em” and when asked who did, they ALWAYS referred to a more ancient people of which each tribe has different names for, such as Allegwi, Cublick, or Anasazi, in some cases when asked where these people went, they would point south and they were often described as a fair skinned Indian, often large and skilled in the arts of war and the working of metal.
Regardless of who exactly is responsible for the many petroglyph sites, it is my goal to discover the message obviously left for a future posterity, of which I am decent of these ancient people.
A part of the process in discovering the meaning of the many panels found, I seek what I call the Main Panel which always seems to be in the area of scattered glyph. Documentation of said panel by photographs, GPS coordinates and orientation is noted. And ONLY for the purpose of study, in some cases the panel is meticulously chalked for the purpose of transferring the overall picture to black and white to undergo additional study of the panel to first discover what is called the subject. The subject is the most important part of discovering the meaning as most of the known symbols have only a base meaning word attributed to them. It is not until the subject is discovered that a more correct derivative word can be applied to better understand the meaning of the panel.
Many of the archaeology field frown upon chalking a panel, however it is sometimes necessary for study and I myself believe it should be avoided if possible. It is for the purpose of clarity in a process I have created called a breakdown, a list of independent symbols is made which can be difficult for the untrained eye to identify in the many combinations of symbols used.
A typical panel may appear as the following two panels which photographs without chalking has proven difficult to decipher.
If the panel proves too difficult to decipher the many symbols combined, a light chalking of the panel is done as in the following panel. Much care is taken not only in pressure applied but also in what is chalked and what isn't, and this care is for the purpose of doing it right the first time and making it available to others of study interests so that it need not be done again. We hope to develop a system in which others may look up the panel before they themselves chalk in order to prevent repetition. After the panel has been chalked as in the following photo, it is carefully washed by pouring water over the chalked areas.
Keep in mind the photos are very large and capture a great deal of detail which can more often than not be captured without chalking. However in many cases the large photos and chalk enables the ability to see what was intended without making frequent trips back to the site.
The next step in order to reach the goal of breaking the panel down is to convert the chalked panel photos to black and white images, sometimes this can be painstaking and a long process. The following example took about four hours of chalking needed to distinguish between the large amount of graffiti, the fact that much of the panel is almost always shaded, and the size of the panel. Had I had the needed software, the remaining process would have taken several days, but it in this case it took 11 years, it was necessary to piece together dozens of photographs in order to produce the big picture of the overall panel. Once this is complete, the breakdown process can begin.
There are hundreds of panels which I have not chalked some of which I believe are clear enough not to and many are not. This will be one of my first goals, to document with this method many sites that have proven that photographs alone are not sufficient for accurate study. It is also my hope in addition to putting together a file system, that should the amateur glyph hunter or someone who comes across a panel, that they will take pictures and contact us for documentation, each site is considered as confidential until the finder decides to share the information but often the site will remain proprietary information for protection of the panels as we have found this is actually the best way to preserve a hidden or unknown site. It is highly recommended that should you find a panel and desire to understand it more clearly, to have someone qualified in the many symbols and details of what to do and what not to do, chalk the panel for you or make a determination as to whether it is even needed.
For further clarification of the hypothesis, might I suggest a reading of Chapter 16 of Nephite North and a read of The Rocks Begin to Speak by LaVan Martineau. If you have not received a copy of Nephite North, I do not know when I will be able to print more. But I have pdf copies available which are emailable or you may simply request by email a copy of chapter 16. There are also several reports concerning the breakdown process written for the more advanced student. I am willing to teach any one who is honestly willing to learn and for real beneficial intent and purpose. I will also be needing much help in the near future to bring this research that has been neglected for a few years back into full continuous operation again.