Subjectivity in Stone Age art works such as figure stones, engravings, sculptures, effigies and curated manuports. See how images and icons have been realized in portable rock media since the dawn of humanity. Here, archaeologists and art historians are becoming aware of these forsaken artifacts. “And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing." -in W. Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1599.
Denisovan Ancestry in East Eurasian and Native American Populations
Maryland find identified as like a laughing human face cartoon by artifact and fossil hunter Mark Jones resembles some Neanderthal models
Mark Jones find and photo, Piney Point, Maryland
Mark is an avocational archaeologist and a fossil hunter, so he is accustomed to assessing worked and natural rocks. Mark determined this piece has been slightly worked, so this is likely a natural stone which was found and recognized as resembling a laughing human and then enhanced. The reverse side is flat with no significant features. The piece has a polished patina which may indicate prehistoric handling and wear. It is approximately 4cm tall. It seemed to resemble a cartoon-like, laughing, human face. I noted some reconstructions of Neanderthals had similar looking smiling faces.
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Mark Jones find at Piney Point, Maryland
Reconstructions of a few hominin heads and faces are available in this Daily Mail article.