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PAGE 8 POST.GAZE'rrE, MARCH 25, 2016 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS & THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso Dighton Rock: America's Stonehenge A picture from 1853 indicating how iconic Dighton Rock has become to generations of New Englanders. theory that the engravings were done by Native Americans (and the striking similarity between the engravings on Dighton Rock and an Indian petroglyph in eastern Vermont give this the- ory a lot of weight) are the ones given the most credence. Dela- barre himself was convinced, having written several articles and pamphlets on his theory, among them "Dighton Rock, a study of the written rocks of New England" and "Recent His- tory of Dighton Rock". Delabarre himself initially saw nothing spectacular about the rock and attributed the engravings to Native American codes. As a psychologist, Dela- barre attributed the fascination When we residents of the metro-Boston area think of Dighton, we think of the small town next to Taunton, a few minutes away from the Silver City Galleria Mall. But for those of us who yearn for mystery and legend, Dighton is one of the most popular starting points in Massachusetts. It is home, after all, to one of our oldest mysteries, dating as far back as at least the late 1600s. The Reverend Cotton Mather first wrote about what .would come to be known as Dighton Rock, a boulder that once rested on the banks of the Taunton River in what was then a part of Digh- ton, marked with writings and hieroglyphics that have evaded The mysterious Dighton Rock which has tantalized historians translation for centuries, for centuries with its engravings. "Among the other Curiosities of NewEngland," Matherwrote. Among the first to propose a with the rock to the human "one is that of a mighty Rock, theory was the renowned Dan- mind's ability to see patterns on a perpendicular side whereof ish scholar Carl Christian Rafn. where none exist. However, by a River, which at High Tide His was much more credible.Delabarre soon changed his covers part of it, there are very He attributed the writing to the tune. "It may well be imagined," deeply Engraved, no man alive Norse-- not too far-fetched con- Delabarre wrote, "with what as- knows How or When about half sidering that the Vikings are the tonishment, on examining the a score Lines, near Ten Foot first Europeans credited with photograph for the hundredth Long, and a foot and halfbroad, setting foot in America. Thereis, time, I saw in it clearly and filled with strange Characters: however, a substantial wrinkle unmistakably the date 1511. which would suggest as odd in this theory put forward by No one had ever seen it before, Thoughts.about them that were Jason Colavito. Using sources on rock or photograph; yet once here before us, as there are put together by archeologists, seen, its genuine presence on odd Shapes in that Elaborate Colavito demonstrated that the the rock cannot be doubted." Monument." Vikings never made it farther So far, Delabarre's theory re- Mather may have started south than Newfoundland. mains the strongest. Certainly questioning the mystery of Who then engraved the fa- Delabarre's research is more Dighton Rock, but the boulder mous rock? Edmund B. Dela- trustworthy than Gavin Men- has captured the imagination of barre of Brown University zies's in the controversial book thousands in the centuries to gained some fame in 1912when 1421: The Year China Discov- follow. Many theories are now he claimed to identify among ered America, where he attri- easily dismissed, such as one the rock's engravings the Coat butes it to Chinese navigators. of the first, proposed by Ezra of Arms of Portugal; the name The difficulty in solving a Stiles shortly after the nation's of Miguel Corte-Real, a sailor mystery like the writing on independence, which claimed who sailed the Atlantic tenDighton Rock is that, as Dela- the engravings were the work of years.after Columbus and was barre admitted, the human Ancient Phoenicians. But others never heard of again; and the mind is determined to create continue to steer debate, year 1511. This, along with the patterns. An objective reading may be nearly impossible then, but there can be no doubt that ]-~{~/QT)/l someone at some time engraved something on the rock which ~{5~StCr has become part of Dighton Rock State Park. 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