Wednesday, January 21, 2015


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Up Close and Personal: Ros’ Rock 1 & 2

By Steven & Evan Strong, with Photos by Samarah Wood

First up we must begin this article by thanking Samarah who volunteered her time, considerable expertise and battled through the dreaded Byron Bay holiday traffic to photograph Ros’ Rock 1 and 2. For some time colleagues have been pressing us to photograph these two rocks using high resolution and magnification. The recurring problem has always been that the cost was too high and until Samarah made this incredibly kind offer we were always hoping to get Ros’ Rocks photographed at this level of clarity, but this wish has been the first casualty of an endemic lack of ready cash.
These two rocks are now well known in academic circles and within many official agencies and neither group has reacted well. At the time of writing we are aware that the Head Curator of the National Geological Repository is familiar with these rocks and that the Smithsonian Institute has been contacted and is showing some genuine interest in their replies, but whether that will develop into something meaningful is yet to be seen. One of the many anonymous academics who is extremely interested in the pedigree of Ros’ Rocks 1 and 2 gave us a quite candid, and alas entirely expected, summation of the current impasse. There is a commonality in academia’s inability to recognise, our colleague noted that none have any idea of what to make of these wide assortments of markings and that no-one has seen anything like what has been inscribed into these two rocks. It seems about half of those prepared to respond will concede that the markings on the rocks are ‘man-made,’ but hasten to add they are merely guessing and have nothing concrete upon which to base that assumption. Read More at: