Friday, March 4, 2011

Ed Lenik speaking on "AMERICAN INDIAN ROCK ART ON THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER" in Waverly, NY at 2pm on Saturday, April 30th.

"AMERICAN INDIAN ROCK ART ON THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER," will be presented by archaeologist, rock art specialist, nationally recognized author and Orange County Chapter memberEd Lenik at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY at 2pm on Saturday, April 30th.

In the last half of the nineteenth century, petroglyphs were discovered on several small islands within the lower Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Three petroglyph sites occur near Safe Harbor in Lancaster County: one on Walnut Island upriver from the Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Dam, a second group on Cresswell Rock a mile and one-half up river from Walnut Island, and a third group on Big and Little Indian Rocks and other smaller rocks below the dam. In Maryland about three miles below the Pennsylvania state line, the Bald Friar petroglyphs were located on several small islands in the river. Three distinct styles of images occur within these sites.

The Walnut Island, Cresswell Rock and Bald Friar petroglyph sites are now submerged under lakes created by the Safe Harbor and Conowingo Hydroelectric Dams. The petroglyphs below Safe Harbor Dam are extant. Beginning in the 1860s and continuing into the twentieth century several efforts were made by several researchers to record the glyphs and salvage specimens of the carvings. This presentation will illustrate the various images at these four sites, trace their history and suggest an interpretation of the origin and meaning.

General admission will be $6, SRAC members and students $4 which will include free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall. For more information, visit

Deb Twigg
Executive Director
Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC)
P.O. Box 12
Sayre, PA 18840
H - (607)565-2536
C - (607)727-3111

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