20 August 2011
Worked flint resembles a crested bird's head and stands on a base to orient such a figure stone correctly
Worked flint resembles a crested bird's head, with an "eye" seen in this view, and stands on a nice and likely intended base to orient such a figure stone correctlyArtifact from Flint Ridge, Licking County, Ohio. Find and interpretation by Ken Johnston. One suspected artifact incorporating bird head imagery might be a fluke but with a couple of compelling birds having emerged from the Flint Ridge area in Licking County, Ohio, a possible motif here is worth further investigation and study. Please also see the posting "Least Bittern" for what could be a similar execution of bird head imagery found in near proximity, 10 meters, from this possible crested bird head. I have wondered if these simple nature based images could have been created for children to ponder and play with as "toys" or maybe they had another significance. The possible intended bird imagery may be familiar to us, but uses and meanings are not attainable from rock art of the long past.
Artifact is pictured on a centimeter (cm) grid for scale. The beak on this side is lined with quartz crystals.
The Flint Ridge Knap-in, the largest gathering of flint knappers in North America, takes place September 2, 3 and 4, 2011, at Flint Ridge, Glenford, Ohio, just east of Newark and about 1 hour east of Columbus. That's Friday through Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Hope to see you there!