Dighton Rock

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by Ayla Schwartz

Dighton Rock (see also, the Dighton Writing Rock, the Assonet Monument) is a petroglyphic boulder located in Massachusetts along the northwesternly corner of Assonet River[1] in an area that was orignally occupied by the indigenous Wôpanâak people. [2][1] Although modern archaeologists agree that the Dighton rock petroglyphs were probably inscribed by the indigenous people of the area, Dighton rock has been a source of controversy due to assertions by pseudoarchaeologists that it is evidence of pre-Columbian contact with indigenous nations in the Americas.[3]
Dighton rock and its discoverer, Rev. John Danforth

What is Dighton Rock?


Early photo of Dighton Rock


Popular Press

Archaeological Community


Various drawings of the Dighton rock petroglyphs

Pseudoarchaeogical Narrative

Pre-Columbian Settlement of North America

An Archaeological Response

How the Archaeological Record Works

The Flaws and Inconsitancies in Pre-Columbian Contact "theories"

Dighton Rock as (bad) evidence

Lithograph of Dighton Rock


  1. 1.0 1.1 Delabarre, Edmund Burke 1928, Dighton Rock: A Study of the Written Rocks of New England. Walter Neale, New York.
  2. National Geographic Society N.d. Resource Library. Electronic Document, https://www.nationalgeographic.org/photo/wampanoag-territory/, accessed October 31, 2019.
  3. Feder, Kenneth L. 2010 Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis To The Walam Olum. Greenwood, California.