The Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow – Oldest Civilization in the World Found in Appalachian Mountains?

The Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow – Oldest Civilization in the World Found in Appalachian Mountains?

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Layout of the petroglyphs at Gateposts, and an ancient trail along Sinking Creek.

Layout of the petroglyphs at Gateposts, and an ancient trail along Sinking Creek.

Both the south and north sides of Sinking Creek would have risen steeply with rock formations covering both sides. A narrow ancient Native American trail would have wound itself along the south side of Sinking Creek alongside the steep cliff, and the north side would rise steeply toward the sky, unchanged from what it is today. The creation of the dam and millpond in the early 1800’s effectively cut off the north side of Sinking Creek from any human contact since. The only thing that has changed on the north side of the creek since the millpond was created is the water level. You can still imagine the steep slope of the creek side continuing further down under the water of the millpond.

Petroglyphs and Stone Alignments

Ancient cultural influences detected at Clover Hollow include strange and mystical stone alignments. Facing each other across Sinking Creek are two rock outcroppings that stand there like the piers of a gate. The carvings on these ‘gateposts’ are the same abstract facial features and artistic self expression as found on all the rock formations at the site—very anthropomorphic in style and design. They look as though they could be straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. All of the ancient rock carvings at this site are 3D in nature and could be described as ‘petroglyphs of the broad type’ as one archaeologist has suggested.

Stones at the Gatepost locations

Stones at the Gatepost locations

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

Rock cuts, or possible petroglyphs

There are other peculiar stone alignments indicating cultural influences that apply to all the rock formations. Only by studying photographs of the rock outcroppings taken during the winter months when all the leaves were gone, was it determined that particular curious alignments were shared by all the stone structures. The rock formations on the south side of Sinking Creek appear to be all facing a northerly direction toward one particular circular rock configuration on the north side of the creek. In addition, all the petroglyphs on the north side of Sinking Creek appear to be aligned facing right, in the direction of the same circular stone formation the petroglyphs on the south side are facing.

Stones at Gateposts along the North and South banks of the Sinking Creek.

Stones at Gateposts along the North and South banks of the Sinking Creek.

Unknown Origins

It shouldn’t be surprising an ancient civilization of unknown origin has been found in the Appalachian Mountains. These mountains are ten times older than for example the Andes, where numerous ancient cultures like Ollantaytambo, Saksayhuaman, and Machu Picchu, overlook a much newer Urubamba River Valley.  It may be true however, that the oldest civilizations on Earth once thrived in the Appalachian region of North America only to have been ravaged by time and is now eroding, and crumbling into dust and eternity. Luckily the ‘Lost Tribe of Clover Hollow’ has been found and should encourage another look into the ancient origins of the Appalachian Mountains.

Dave Miller  is author of the book  The Sibold Effect: Beyond Science, History, Ghosts, and the Appalachian Supernatural . Find out more at his website


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Top Image: Enigmatic stone markings on the banks of Sinking Creek, in the Appalachian Mountains. © Dave Miller

All Images courtesy © Dave Miller

By Dave Miller


I grew up in the Western Pennsylvania area and spent many days as a child, and a young adult fossil hunting in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia. During that time I became more than a little familiar with the terrain and it’s rock formations in those areas, and I believe that what we are seeing in these photos is nothing more than erosion.

Beautiful formations yes, but man made? I see no evidence that these are anything more than the result of natural erosion. Be it hydrological or glacial erosion, they are still a natural phenomena and in no way a product of homo sapiens.

R. Lee Bowers

“The oldest civilization on earth”? First off, John Cargill is probably right, the rock markings look more like glacial marks and ordinary fracture lines than any petroglyphs I have seen. Having studied both anthropology and geology in BC I’ve seen a fair amount of both. This sound far more like wishful thinking or an anywhere but Africa theory. 


Good post. I am looking into these issues on my blog….

I've lived here pretty much my entire life. My ancestors were among the first pioneers to settle here and never heard anyone outside Mr. Miller speak of anything like this. Giles county is just one big limestone rock quarry and every holler has its own incrediable looking rock formations that with a good imagination could easily fit the narrative if not more so. There's no doubt this area has a mystical ancient feel to it but it's also a geological anomaly and nothing more. When you walk in the woods in this area there's no doubt you get a feeling of sorts but this is kind of a leap. VIrginia Tech is only 27 miles away with a outstanding anthropology and geology departments that are constantly poking around in the country side and have never broached such a theory

Readers have to remember there is a break in Native American history. Between European diseases, war and forced migration, much knowledge of the current Native Americans from the eastern mountains was lost. Even these peoples did not know why there were vast "taboo" areas.
Preceding the European era by some thousand years was an older civilization identified as Hopewell/Adena culture (or other names) which modern Native Indians knew nothing. Even legends have not survived.


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