By Dr Derek Cunningham with Steven & Evan Strong
Before embarking upon our fifth paper reviewing the newly discovered Australian Ros engraved rock we feel obliged to first address a criticism levelled at us by some who have already voiced their disappointment. Normally we prefer to be bold in tendering opinions and conclusions before all the evidence is in, but on this occasion it was a task beyond our capacities and outside the reach of any other archaeology we have previously examined.We began this particular journey quite literally ‘dancing in the dark,’ as there is no accredited expert, academic, course or textbook to consult. The reality was that our opening articles were more a plea for assistance than a report on the engraved rock. In that respect those articles have served their purpose, we have now been joined by five researchers, of which three have Ph.D’s in overlapping fields. But it doesn’t end there, photographs have now been sent to us of rocks that have previously lay hidden in private collections. These rocks from other continents show in some cases similarities in coloration and the style of engravings, and some of the owners have also now offered to send their prize artefacts in the hope that they will add more light and direction to our journey.Despite our initial reluctance to declare with absolute certainty that the Ros’ stone contains evidence of a worldwide civilization, direct comparisons to other engravings and other archaeological sites has now made us confident enough to present some tentative opinions as to the geology where the rock came from and what the engravings mean.