South Carolina group works to save prehistoric rock carvings

Pickens, South Carolina (AP) 10-09

The Pickens County Cultural Commission is leading a campaign to save more than 40 rock carvings in northwestern South Carolina etched centuries ago by prehistoric American Indians.

The Greenville News reported that the carving near Pickens include 17 rare human figures. Residents and officials involved in the campaign hope to raise $400,000 to protect the petroglyphs and create a South Carolina Rock Art Center.

Commission director Allen Coleman says the carvings are thought to be more than 1,000 years old. They were discovered in 2003.

The group has raised $70,000, which includes some grant money. Officials hope to see the center finished by 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

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