I am new here but have been following this forum for several years. I have found seven sites in the Virginia Blue Ridge, the North Carolina sand hills, and the coast of North Carolina. These sites exhibit an apparently undiscovered assemblage of tools with art and rock art to include two limestone caves with wall and ceiling art. One site has terrace complexes, terraced springs, cairns, building foundations, and large boulders with art. An archaeologist with great tool experience (ca.35 books on prehistoric tools) has reviewed many of the finds from this site. He picked out tools with art that he characterized as Pleistocene. No Holocene tools have been discovered on this site in my 43 years of ownership.
This particular site is a mountain setting in the Blue Ridge adjacent to two mountain gaps with abundant water and the convergence of four different rock formations on intersecting faults to include an old (570 mya) series of lava flows. A knoll feature on the mountainside has solstice and equinox alignments with local topography. The foot of the mountain is 13.5 miles via water to the James River as it enters the Blue Ridge from the west. The site is strategically located within a few miles of the eastern edge of the Shenandoah Valley. There are three other sites within four miles including the two caves.
The artifacts from all seven sites have similar subject matter but varying material sources related to location, though some materials were obviously transported to the sites (i.e. use of hiddenite on the coast). The subject matter exhibited on these stones is conveyed through subtle and semi abstract representations through sculpture, relief carving, intaglio, and painting
using iron oxide derived ochres, etc. There are portraits of people and animals, landscape paintings, and everyday life scenes. Many extinct ice age animals are shown to include mammoth, camel, horse, auroch, giant deer, and so on. Also seen are interglacial species such as crocodile, hippo, and gorilla. Modern day animals are also shown, such as the dog, turtle, snakes, monkeys, foxes, wolves, whales, dolphins, and other fish. The people look like Neandertals or hybrids with red, blond, and brown hair. They are well dressed and groomed with boots, buttons, jewelry, hats, and robes, dresses, and pants. Their habitations vary from stone based teepee type structures to multi story stone buildings with windows, doors, and flues.
At this juncture I may have already lost all credibility with some folks, however the really controversial part follows. Without detailing, repeated images (hundreds) depict high technology. This, of course, fouls the water and threatens to undermine any credibility I might have left. My unpapered idea is that perhaps these occupations ended some 12,900 ya with the theorized comet strike in NA.
I have thousands of suspected artifacts now in sizes from .5 CM to five ton boulders. Most pieces were surface collected and have no context other than local. The large boulders with art are in situ, I expect, and may have more chance to provide context. On smaller pieces, micro carving and painting is beyond belief, and in my opinion could not be duplicated by any living artist. Overall, this assemblage representing an extensive occupation/s begs for professional analysis, yet the nature of the material may subject the discovery to untouchable status. The good news for me is that I can visit these folks at will and simply feel lucky to have chanced upon it all.