Here are some of the explanations we found on the petroglyphs used throughout CSEP:


    A half human and animal ancestor figure or matutuo. Tabulinetin, Irian Jaya

    Triplet Symbol (?), Puuloa, Hawaii

    Mirrored Figure (not complete image), Kapalaoa, Hawaii

    Petroglyph discovered at the Petrified Forest, northern Arizona

    Kilhoj, Odsherred

    A section of a rock painting depicting a fight between animal-headed bowmen. Libyan Desert.

    Part of a Family painting. Puako, Hawaii (Kaeo trail)
- Smaller figures are located underneath the larger image shown here to suggest families and possibly represent birth scenes.

    Figure with headcrest. Kaupulehu, Hawaii
The elaborate headcrests possibly represent ali'i (nobility) who were considered to be direct descendants of the major gods, akua. This headcrest may depict the helmets which only ali'i were allowed to wear in ceremonies.

    Negative Hand, European Caves, Late Palaeolithic
Three types of hands discovered: negative hand, positive hand, and the pseudo-positive hand. Ethnographical comparisons were made with these prehistoric hand representations.

    Symbols from Puulou, Hawaii - interior symbols; not the house.
Thousands of petroglyphs cover the pahoehoe dome in Hawaii consisting of simple holes carved into the lava. It is believed to have been the site where Hawaiians would bring the piko (umbilical cord) of newborns and create a new hole to place the piko. Next day, the presence or absence of the piko (confusion still exists as to which represents good fortune) would mean long life promised to the child.