Detailed Descriptions of the Figures at Track Rock

The figures represented at Track Rock range from non-representational, to abstract, to highly stylized. As a result, we can specifically identify only a few motifs as discussed below.

Human Feet

A diagram of feet figures carved on Track Rock Boulder 6The shapes of human feet are fairly common at Track Rock.  Some are partial feet, and one has six toes.  The meaning of this foot is unknown, but the very large ones may represent spirit beings.



Animal Tracks

Many bird tracks are present, and at least one bear track is clearly recognizable on the largest boulder.  Tracks and footprints commonly occur on rock art sites and are often considered to represent reproductive potential and hunting magic.  The vast majority of tracks are pointing upward, as if the animals, humans, and birds have emerged from the ground immediately in front of the boulders and then moved up and over the boulders, away from the viewer, who stands down-hill from the panels.




A diagram of  cupules on Track Rock Boulder 4Cupules are small, pecked circles and the most common figure on the boulders. Such figures are common across the United States. In many cases the figures themselves are not important, but rather, the actual act of creating them in the first place. To make a cupule, one makes a repetitive motion of pecking the rock and this act is part of a ritual relating to the spiritual significance of the location.



Human-like Stick Figures

A diagram of human-like stick figures on Track Rock Boulder 6Human figures at Track Rock are generally arranged perpendicular to the ground surface. Two human figures are upside-down, and these figures hint at experiences in the inverted spirit world. The world behind boulders within mountain passes and at other natural junctures on the landscape was one of spirit beings. High peaks in Georgia and North Carolina were the abodes of Immortals/Mountain People and Giant thunder deities. Within each of these mountains were open country and towns, with houses ranged along trails, very much a mirror image of the everyday world of waking consciousness.



Grid-like and Curvilinear Designs

A diagram of grid-like and curvelinear designs thought to represent structures and houses. Grid-like and curvilinear designs are present on at least two boulders. Based on comparisons with figures recorded elsewhere, these are thought to represent structures and houses. Each dot-within-outline design (i.e., one or more cupules encircled by a line or a number of intersecting lines) may represent a house (outline delineating walls) with a fire-place and/or pits (indicated by dots) Combinations of such figures, along with dots and lines, are interpreted as possibly representing maps. An excellent example of this at Track Rock is on Boulder 4. This figure was once interpreted as a spear thrower but is now thought to represent a map.







Comparison of a Track Rock design to a design from an ancient Iroquois wampum belt.