The Dighton Rock Mystery

The Dighton Rock Mystery

The Dighton Rock mystery has been a subject of intense debate and curiosity for centuries. Who was behind it’s cuneiform-style inscriptions and what do they mean?

The Rock

The rock, or boulder, is approximately 5 feet (1.5 m) high and 9.5 feet (2.9 m) wide, and 11 feet (3.4 m) long. It has a slanted appearance which covers it’s six sides.

It was discovered, centuries ago, near the side of the Taunton River at Berkley, Massachusetts.

The rock is covered with strange and fascinating petroglyphs of an ancient and uncertain origin. It is currently being kept at a local Berkley memorial building.

strange and fascinating petroglyphs

Rev. Cotton Mather

The Rev. Cotton Mather actually described the Dighton Rock in his 1690 publication The Wonderful Works of God Commemorated. In it he says:

“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…”


For nearly three hundred years now, researchers and experts have been taking a pot-shot at the origins of the strange rock.

In the mid 1700’s an American academic, theologian and author named Ezra Stiles tried telling the world that the rock was a product of the ancient Phoenicians.

the origins of the strange rock

There have also been theories that point to Vikings or Native Americans…even early Portuguese explorers.

In 1784, a French nobleman by the title of Count Antoine Court de Gobelin came out with a theory that the rock was actually a commemorative item. He believed that it was carved to mark the special visit of a group of sailors from Carthage.

The Dighton Rock Mystery

Some scholars believe they have managed to decipher the petroglyphs, others believe it is a calender from the biblical reign of King Solomon, and some believe that the Chinese were the first to discover America – and they left the rock to let the world know they were there first…

But nobody knows for sure.

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