Friday, March 20, 2009

Schuylkill County Petroglyph

This sandstone petroglyph, collected from Schuylkill County, PA, is believed to represent Mesingw or "Living Solid Face." Discovered by Francis Burke of Schuylkill County in 1971 and subsequently recovered by the State Museum, this glyph is thought to represent Mesingw.

An important Lenape spirit being who rode through the forest on the back of a large deer, Mesingw is believed to have made sure that all the animals were healthy and fed. Lenape hunts were likely to be more successful if Mesingw was remembered.

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For more information, visit or the Hall of Anthropology and Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania .

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