Are The Strange Lawrence Brook Carvings In New Jersey A Cryptic Message?
Jan Bartek – AncientPages.com – How can we tell what old carvings are worthy of further investigation and may contain a secret message? Sometimes, we encounter carvings we cannot decipher, and they turn into a mystery we struggle to solve. Occasionally, we misinterpret symbols that are pointless drawings made on rocks for no reason.
Many strange symbols are carved into the red sandstone along Lawerence Brook off the Raritan River in New Jersey. The carvings are the work of Elias Suydam, age 19, and Henry Monroe Danbury, age 19. In 1876 the two men etched the symbols into a rock for an unknown reason. At first sight, the carvings may appear crude, and even a bit childish, but those who examined them say Suydam and Danbury knew precisely what they were writing.