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Property Name Judaculla Rock
Reference Number 13000116
State North Carolina
County Jackson
Town Cullowhee
Street Address 552 Judaculla Rock Road, Cullowhee, NC
Multiple Property Submission Name
Status Listed 3/27/2013
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Judaculla Rock and the surrounding 0.49 acres of land belonging to Jackson County are significant not only due to the physical evidence of soapstone quarry and bowl-manufacturing activities, but also due to the unusually dense concentration of over a thousand petroglyph motifs on the main boulder. The integrity of archaeological deposits upslope and to the east of the main boulder and the unusual complexity and variety of the petroglyphs on the main boulder not only constitute distinctive examples of prehistoric technological and artistic achievements (Criterion C), but also contain information that is important for research of the prehistory and history of the place and surrounding area (Criterion D).


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