“The CWVA believes it is important to combat misinformation about the past. We recently wrote this open letter to the editor of Appalachian Magazine regarding an article that supports the idea the Europeans created some of the prehistoric sites in West Virginia. As exciting as these conspiracy theories can be, they undermine the work of legitimate archaeological researchers…” 1
The CWVA also argued that the researcher featured in the Appalachian Magazine articles, Robert Pyle, in addition to having his Celtic-Christian influence claims refuted in several academic journals throughout the 1980s (which are still posted on the CWVA website today), was not actually a certified or professional archaeologist. The claims regarding the carvings are simply a recycling of already-refuted claims from the 1980s, without consideration of legitimate archaeological perspectives or potential harmful effects of appropriating Native American history to promote a European-focused conspiracy, the CWVA argued.
The site of the carvings has been relatively popular, both for experts travelling for research and for locals fascinated by related news articles or word-of-mouth. A historic marker for the site can be found along Clear Fork Road, or W.V. Route 971. From here, to find the actual carvings, the curious must turn onto Wyoming County Route 7, then left onto Fifth Street through a curve on their right side and finally into an alleyway on their left side. The alley will lead over followers over railroad tracks which they should then follow to the left (southwest), for nearly 800 feet, where there is another path along the hill to the right side. The petroglyph is located on a cliff about 30 or 40 feet up the path.