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NEWS For the CCW Scattered across the beaches of Southeast Alaska, and indeed along the entire Northwest Pacific coast from Kodiak to the Columbia River, are intensely staring eyes, totemic animals and geometric patterns carved into boulders and bedrock. These mysterious petroglyphs, carvings in stone, raise questions that have perplexed archeologists and casual observers for well over a century. Most of those questions remain unanswered and may ultimately be unanswerable. Perhaps because of these mysteries, petroglyphs arouse fascination in anyone fortunate enough to see them, particularly if they are still embedded in their original location.

Petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska

These three petroglyphs-a copper (ceremonial shield), bird and cross design-are found on bedrock on Kosciusko Island near Prince of Wales Island's west coast.
Photo By Bonnie Demerjian
These three petroglyphs-a copper (ceremonial shield), bird and cross design-are found on bedrock on Kosciusko Island near Prince of Wales Island's west coast.
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