Petroglyphs: Deer or Aliens? - Bellows Falls, VT
Date: Sunday, October 17 @ 15:23:55 EDT
Story by Blue1Moon
It seems that few want to admit what the ancient Indian carvings along the
west bank of the Connecticut River in Bellows Falls represent. It seems obvious
that these are not carvings of deer, which some try to maintain. Deer don't
have humanlike heads with antennae!
Others feel certain that this is a
depiction of alien visitors with whom the Indians had some contact in the ancient
There are two clusters of petroglyphs, which can be viewed from a small road
paralleling the river near the Vilas Bridge, which crosses from Bellows Falls
to Walpole. The area is marked with a small sign, and the carvings are
periodically highlighted with yellow paint to make them more visible. The pictures
are carved into a steep area of massive granite bedrock. Unfortunately no
systematic archeological surveys of the area have been done, though the area has
drawn the interest of historians and visitors since at least the late
eighteenth century. A number of occupation and burial sites have been identified
upstream from the carvings.
The site has not been dated, but it is postulated that it dates between the
Late Archaic and Transitional Archaic Periods to the Early Woodland Period.
The site is designated VT-WD-8 in the Vermont Archaeological Inventory, and
described as depicting "lifesize, oval or round, anthropomorphic 'heads' with
'eyes' and 'mouths'; a number of 'heads' have 'horn' or progoned projections."
So what do you think? Deer or Aliens? ...take the Poll
Photos by FrogDaddy