updated 2/6/2011 2:12:02 PM ET 2011-02-06T19:12:02

Archaeologists say two participants in a petroglyph seminar at the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park have come across the first newly discovered rock carving there since the 1970s.

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The carving looks like a spearhead or an elongated leaf. Park archaeologist Ken Wild says the design is different from others on St. John island. "It's the type that's seen in Venezuela or St. Lucia" across the Caribbean.

Rock carvings dot the island and the park's website says they were probably carved by the Indian cultures that lived on the island from about 840 B.C. until the arrival of Europeans brought disease and subjugation that exterminated the native peoples.

Wild said Friday that the petroglyph was found last month.

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