Rock Carvings and Cave Paintings

This page lists all the various symbols in the Rock Carvings and Cave Paintings category.

Throughout the world, many kinds of symbols have been found etched onto the faces of mountains and cliffs, as well as marked inside caves. Although such symbols are often difficult to interpret due to a lack of contextual information, they are, nonetheless, visually striking in many ways.

Symbols in this category:

Almaty

A rock carving discovered in the vicinity of Almaty, a large city in southeastern Kazakhstan.

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Atlas Mountains

A rock carving discovered in the Atlas Mountains in the northwestern corner of Africa. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Barranco de Balos

A rock carving from Barranco de Balos on the island of of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). No contextual information known at this time.

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Brazil

A rock carving discovered in Brazil. No contextual information known at this time.

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Catal Hüyük

This symbol was discovered at the site of Catal Hüyük, a Neolithic settlement in southern Turkey.

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Cueva de los Letreros

Dating back five thousand years, this carving was discovered at Cueva de los Letreros, located near the city of Almeria in southern Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Cueva de los Letreros #2

Dating back five thousand years, this carving was discovered at Cueva de los Letreros, located near the city of Almeria in southern Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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England

A Bronze Age carving discovered on a stone in England. No contextual information known at this time.

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Fuencaliente #1

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. Dates back between four thousand and six thousand years ago. No contextual information known at this time.

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Fuencaliente #2

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Fuencaliente #3

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Galicia

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #2

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #3

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #4

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #5

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #6

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Hakkari-Gevaruk

A carving discovered at Hakkari-Gevaruk in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). No contextual information known at this time.

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Haute-Garonne #1

A symbol discovered on the wall of the Marsoulas cave in Haute-Garonne, southwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Haute-Garonne #2

A symbol discovered on the wall of the Marsoulas cave in Haute-Garonne, southwestern France. Although the image of a bison was portrayed below it, no contextual information is known at this time.

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Huelva

A Neolithic carving discovered in a location called Soto, near the city of Huelva in southwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Inyo County

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #2

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #3

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #4

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #5

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Järrestad

Believed to date between 800 and 400 B.C.E. this rock carving was discovered at Järrestad in southern Sweden.

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Kville #1

Resembling an elaborate capital "Q", this rock carving was found in the vicinity of Kville, a town in the Bohuslän area of Sweden. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Kville #2

Resembling a stylized sun, this rock carving was found in the vicinity of Kville, a town in the Bohuslän area of Sweden. No major contextual information is known at this time.

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Lascaux #1

France's Lascaux Caves are a rich repository of early artistic images. This symbol was found amidst depictions of animals, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Lascaux #2

France's Lascaux Caves are a rich repository of early artistic images. This symbol was found amidst depictions of animals, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #1

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #3

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #2

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France. It was found amidst a number of carvings from the Neolithic era, but it could easily have been carved at later date. No major contextual information is known at this time.

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Niaux

An image from the Cave of Niaux in southwestern France, probably created around ten thousand years ago by the local Cro-Magnon population.

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Painted Cave

A symbol from the Painted Cave area near Santa Barbara, California, likely created by the Native American Chumash people. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pedra do Ingá #1

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Pedra do Ingá #2

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Petit-Mont

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Petit-Mont in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Pierres-Plates

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Pierres-Plates in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Pontevedra #1

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #2

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #3

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 B.C.E.). Possibly indicates a house, but no contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes #2

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 C.E.). Possibly indicates lightning, but no contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes #3

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 C.E.). No contextual information known at this time.

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Salzburg

A carving discovered near Salzburg, Austria. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Salzburg #2

A carving discovered near Salzburg, Austria. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Scania #1

Dating to around 1000 B.C.E., this Bronze Age carving was discovered on an altar in Scania, Sweden. No contextual information known at this time.

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Scania #2

This symbol is believed to date to the Bronze Age, and this particular example was found as a rock carving in Scania, Sweden.

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Tajikistan #1

A Bronze Age rock carving discovered in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tajikistan #2

A Bronze Age rock carving discovered in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tanum #1

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #2

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #3

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #4

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Toulouse

Although it strongly resembles the logo of the car manufacturing company Mercedes-Benz, this symbol was actually discovered on a Bronze Age altar in Toulouse, France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Tulare #1

A rock carving discovered in Tulare, California. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tulare #2

A rock carving discovered in Tulare, California. No contextual information known at this time.

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Uppsala

Discovered near a cathedral in Uppsala, Sweden, this marking has been interpreted two different ways.

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USA (Southeast)

A rock carving discovered in the southeastern area of the United States. No contextual information known at this time.

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USA (Southwest)

A rock carving discovered in the southwestern area of the United States. No contextual information known at this time.

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Val Camonica

A Bronze Age symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica #2' and 'Val Camonica #3') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #2

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #3') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #3

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #2') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #4

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this symbol is of a pair of oxen pulling a plow, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #5

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #6

One of many ancient carvings discovered on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information known at this time.

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Val Camonica #7

One of many ancient carvings discovered on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information known at this time.

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Valais #1

A prehistoric rock carving found in the area of Valais in southwestern Switzerland. No contextual information known at this time.

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Valais #2

A prehistoric rock carving found in the area of Valais in southwestern Switzerland. No contextual information known at this time.

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Viascón #1

A Bronze Age carving from Viascón in Galicia, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time

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Viascón #2

A Bronze Age carving from Viascón in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Appears to be a version of the swastika.

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