15 June 2012

Microart expression of human left facial profile carved on a quartz pebble

Microart expression of human head in left facial profile carved on a quartz pebble.
Avocational archaeologist Allen Deibel find, Mahoning County, Ohio

Please compare the Ohio artifact on the right to the one on the left, a right facial profile, find by Nadia Clark, Prescott, Arizona. They may be representations of similar idealized forms, influenced by the same, or related, cultural traditions. (click photos to expand).

Regarding Homo sapiens neanderthalensis facial structure from fossil skull data is this description from TalkOrigins: "Like erectus, they had a protruding jaw and receding forehead. The chin was usually weak. The midfacial area also protrudes, a feature that is not found in erectus or sapiens and may be an adaptation to cold."



  1. Ah! ah! that's funny!
    They do look like they are related.
    Maybe it's the same person, the one on the left as a young man, the one on the right as an older man that put on some weight- on his cheeks, nose, mouth.
    What do you say? an important trader, explorer, traveller?

  2. I don't think these are individuals, but a form which was repeated, maybe a meme, perhaps a symbol of some kind. We can likely never know what it means, but simply identifying recurring patterns (possible motifs) can in time have meaning to archaeological science. Rather than different ages, I think this perceived difference is because of the use of very different lithic material to make these faces. Additional examples of similar head and face forms will be presented here in the future.

  3. All right, my last post was facetious. What would be the odds of finding a depiction of the same person in 2 pebbles so far away from each other?
    I understand the value of finding recurring patterns.
    As far as faces are concerned, I have found enough differences in the noses, mouths, to make me think that these were more than idealized faces ( in what I have found, I can't generalize here).

  4. Having a handful of examples is a start, but pareidolia can be difficult to be aware of. It takes some number of examples to argue for a recurring pattern. Making the posting may help someone else identify a similar find if they have one. What may be images of real people who lived, or unique people images, are described by archaeologists as "portraits" and are suspected to exist along with idealized human forms.