The Maddin Creek rock art site is considered one of the five major rock art sites in the Big River drainage system of Eastern Missouri. Professors Michael Fuller and Walter Clark visited the site with a group of anthropology students from St. Louis Community College during the 1980s. Frank Magre, Missouri's first rock art specialist, was our guide to the site. Severals photographs from that trip are at the end of this website. Scanned portions of Magre's map of the rock art include the famous design that he interpreted as a woman giving birth to multiple children. Dick Martens has kindly lent a set of color slides from his visit to the site with Frank Magre on April 19, 1970. On that visit, Frank had chalked the designs. The style and motifs of the Maddin Creek rock art site can be confidently dated to the Middle or Late Mississippi Period (ca. AD 1200 - 1700).

Plan of Maddin Creek rock art panel interpreted as the birth of multiple children.


Plan of Maddin Creek rock art site showing birds.


Plan of Maddin Creek rock art site showing sun design.


Plan of Maddin Creek rock art site showing plants and men.


Maddin Creek rock art site (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Maddin Creek rock art site. (Slide taken by Richard E. Martens, Missouri Archaeologial Society).


Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Magre (4 and 5 individuals from the left side), Professor Walter Clark (3rd from the left) and Professor Michael fuller (5th from the left) and anthropology students from St. Louis Community College.


Frank Magre hiking towards the site.


Frank Magre walking behind Professor Michael Fuller as they are hiking towards the site. Photograph by Virginia Schumacher.


Frank Magre chalking the petroglyphs at the Maddin Creek site. Chalking is no longer an accepted method of recording petroglyphs.


Frank Magre supervising students who are chalking the petroglyphs at the Maddin Creek site. Chalking is no longer an accepted method of recording petroglyphs. Photograph taken by Virginia Schumacher.


George and Loretta (SLCC students) trace a Maddin Creek site petroglyph on a sheet of frosted mylar plastic.


Photograph taken during the SLCC visit to the Maddin Creek Site.


Photograph taken during the SLCC visit to the Maddin Creek Site by Virginia Schumacher.





Photograph taken during the SLCC visit to the Maddin Creek Site by Virginia Schumacher.

Prepared by Professor Michael Fuller, 27 December 2004

Site updated 29 January 2016