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There is no doubt that the “Dighton Rock” is one of the most cryptic archeological findings ever made in the Americas. The rock which holds cryptic inscriptions of “cuneiform-style” has been the topic of acute debate amongst the scholars and researchers for centuries. However, none of them has been able to give the explanation of this mysterious object’s origin or decipher the carvings properly. This huge bolder weights 40-ton and its height is about 1.50 Meters; width is about 2.90 meters, and the length of the rock is about 3.4 meters. The Dighton Rock was discovered partly submersed in the water of the “Taunton River” in “Massachusetts”, USA. Later, the mysterious bowlder, which is covered in intricate designs of ancient time and cryptic petroglyphs had been placed in a memorial building near to the “Berkley” town.
In the 1690 book, called “the Wonderful works of God Commemorated”, written by “Rev. Cotton Mather”, the very first mention of this mysterious rock can be found.
The Rock mentioned in the book as :
“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”.
There are dozens of different theories nowadays that try to give the explanation about the enigmatic boulder’s origin. An author and researcher from USA, named “Ezra Stiles” says that the mysterious carvings on the rock were the work of the Phoenician explorers from the ancient time. Some other experts claim that the carvings on the rock were made by Viking or Portuguese explorers. However, the actual truth is still remaining as a unplumbed mystery.
In 1784, the French nobleman named “Count Antoine Court de Gobelin” made a suggestion that the Rock was actually the work of explorers who came from “Carthage” and visited the area thousands of years previously.
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Apart from these, there are several mentions have been made about the enigmatic boulder, such as in the book “1424:The year China discovered the world”, written by “Gavin Menzies”. According to the book, the mysterious carvings on the bowlder were made by the Chinese explorers who came to America riding their ships about hundred years prior to Columbus’s arrival to the region.
However, neither of these theories have been able to properly explain the enigmatic bowlder’s origins. There are some who like to draw resemblances between the Dighton and the Brazil’s “Inga Stone” which is 6000 years old. Although most the carvings covering the “Inga Stone” is still a mystery; however, few symbols on the Ingra has been distinguished and accepted by the community of archaeologists. Some experts make arguments that the Inga Stone’s origin is “Phoenician”, but this theory is also not confirmed. So the mystery is still remaining vague as it always was.