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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, Licking County Ohio

This massive sandstone cliff along the Licking River at one time contained a dark hand-shaped Indian petroglyph. Unfortunately, the engraved petroglyph was destroyed in 1828 during the construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal which runs through the gorge.  Notice the sandstone block walls at the river's edge that were part of the Ohio-Erie Canal towpath.  Oral traditions ascribe the "Blackhand" as a warning to Palaeo-Indian tribes, i.e., 1000BC to 400AD, traveling up the Licking River to Flint Ridge, to keep the site a peaceful and shared resource for the quarry of high quality flint.

Copyright: Bryant A Gilbert
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12415x6207
Taken: 24/03/2009
Uploaded: 24/03/2009


Tags: blackhand gorge state nature preserve; prehistoric petroglyph; licking river; native americans; flint quarries; licking county ohio; ohio erie canal towpath; palaeo indian tribe; panorama
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