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Petroglyphs Mystery Cache

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Krypton: As there's been no response to my previous note, I assume that the cache is not going to be repaired or replaced, so I'm archiving it to keep it from continually showing up in search lists, and to prevent it from blocking other cache placements. If you wish to repair/replace the cache sometime in the future, just contact us, and assuming it meets the guidelines, we'll be happy to unarchive it

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Hidden : 03/30/2004
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Geocache Description:

The micro cache is not at the posted coordinates.

Not too long ago, several members of the BADGES team visited New Zealand and Australia and naturally, spent some time there Geocaching. One cache in particular took us well back into the outback, and as you might expect, we wound up taking a wrong turn and spending way too much time trying to get back to the main trail.

At one point, we were scrambling across Ayers Rock and we saw some strange petroglyphs. Puzzled, we snapped a few photos of them but we were concentrating on getting back to the trail and forgot all about them for the rest of the trip.

Once we got home, we contacted an acquaintance in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Stanton B. Fontell. He told us that they seemed to be from a variant of the Red Rock glyph family. Aborigines and Polynesians used them all over the Pacific to direct travelers and record the locations of storehouses. He seemed only mildly interested in the photographs the we brought him. Here's what they look like...

The next day he called us and was much more excited. "Where exactly were you when you took those pictures?" He kept asking. Unfortunately we no longer had any tracklogs from those outings. Apparently he was able to decode a few of the glyphs, and they point to the mainland - California in fact. "Nothing like this has ever been found before", said the Professor. "There are theories that Polynesian sailors reached the California coast, but up until now there has been no way to prove them. If we can locate whatever these glyphs point to, we could make scientific history!"

Well, the Professor wouldn't tell us what he had discovered so far, but we know he and a group of graduate students are hard at work on the remaining glyphs. Considering the penchant that Polynesians had for laying aside stores of ceremonial wealth, we have no doubt that there's something worthwhile to be found there. We decided we would share a peek into this fantastic real-life treasure hunt with our friends in the Geocaching community. Who knows, maybe you can figure out this Secret from the Island Continent!

Prizes for the first finders: Red Rocks Travel Bug and t-shirt contributed by (child's small).

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg'f va gur ohfu va gur bhgonpx, bs pbhefr. (Unatvat ba gur cnexvat ybg fvqr.)

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)