Dighton Rock, a 40-ton boulder, originally located in the riverbed of the Taunton River at Berkley, Massachusetts (formerly part of the town of Dighton), is noted for its petroglyphs (“primarily lines, geometric shapes, and schematic drawings of people, along with writing, both verified and not.”), carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin, and the controversy about its creators.
In 1963, during construction of a coffer dam, state officials removed the rock from the river for preservation. It was installed in a museum (above, left) in a nearby park, Dighton Rock State Park. (Above, right) Museum Friends President Nancy Possenger points out the markings on the rock that could be of Native American origin.
Hypotheses about the creation of the markings include Indigenous peoples of North America who were known to have inscribed petroglyphs in rocks (a schematic face on the Dighton Rock is similar to an Indian petroglyph in Eastern Vermont) (Click on each of above images on display at the Museum for a larger view: upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right)
(Above, left) An Indian Lithocollage (click for a larger image) on display with the rock shows Native figures near Profile Rock that used to exist in the Freetown Forest. (Above, right) Dr. Weed gave a 66-minute presentation on the Story of Sowams at the Museum on October 10, 2021.