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December 31, 2006
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Jackson County, North Carolina
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Judaculla Rock in Jackson County, North Carolina

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This is the Judaculla Rock in Jackson County, North Carolina. It is the best known petroglyph site in North Carolina. The boulder is made of soapstone and is covered in glyphs of circles, lines, crosses, anthropomorphs, and other undetermined shapes. While the glyphs themselves remain untranslated to this day, the rock is believed to be dated between about 2,000 and 200 B.C. The name of the rock comes from the Cherokee legend associated with it, that when the giant Judaculla (from the Cherokee “tsulkalu,” which means “slant eyes”) leapt from his mountain home, he landed in the creek below, creating the markings that we see today.