Historic Markers Across Georgia



Track Rock Gap



Marker ID: GHM 144-1
Location: on Track Rock Rd. 2.3 miles south of U.S. 76, 6 miles east of Blairsville
County: Union
Coordinates: N 34° 52.978    W 083° 52.638
  34.88296    -83.8773
Style: Free Standing **
Status: The marker has been removed.
Waymark: WM37M
Track Rock Gap Marker  



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One of the best-known of the petroglyph, or marked stone, sites in Georgia. The six table-sized soapstone boulders contain hundreds of symbols carved or pecked into their surface. Archaeologists have speculated dates for the figures from the Archaic Period (8,000 to 1,000 B.C.) to the Cherokee Indians who lived here until the 19th Century. No one knows the exact meaning of the symbols or glyphs which represent animals, birds, tracks and geometric figures. The earliest written account (1834) was by Dr. Matthew Stephenson, who was director of the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega. One of the favorite stories about Track Rock Gap was recorded by ethnographer James Mooney who gathered Cherokee stories. The Cherokee called this site Datsu`nalasgun`ylu (where there are tracks) and Degayelun`ha (the printed or branded place). Cherokee stories include an explanation that hunters paused in the gap and amused themselves by carving the glyphs: the marks were made in a great hunt when the animals were driven through the gap, and that the tracks were made when the animals were leaving the great canoe after a flood almost destroyed the world and while the earth and rocks were soft.

GHM 144-1 Georgia Historic Marker 1998



 

Track Rock Gap

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Track Rock, Blairsville, Georgia

Track Rock - Wikipedia

Track Rock Gap - Archaeological Preserve

 

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