13 June 2012
Newly designated site 23JP1222 human head sculpture is similar to example identified in Italy by Paleolithic art author Pietro Gaietto
Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find, "Old Route 66 Zoo" site, Smithsonian convention #23JP1222, Missouri Archaeological Survey Field Number (OR66Z)
This piece was found in the context of dozens of other sculptures and some stone tools. Here are three links to prior postings of art pieces from the "Old Route 66 Zoo" site identified by Dodd and Weber. This site has been surface collected and there are more sculptures and tools still in situ which are available to archaeologists for professional assessment. Messrs Dodd and Weber want to properly excavate the site and are actively seeking assistance with this.
4.14 Photo Copyright (c) Pietro Gaietto, All Rights reserved
"Fig. 4.14) Lithic sculpture. It represents a head of Homo sapiens neanderthalensis with neck, and look upwards .
Size: Height cm. 15. It is worked in both the sides, almost full-relief. It has a pointed nape. It is a classic Neanderthalian.
Place of origin: Valle del Vero, Toirano, Savona, Italy.
Material culture: Mousterian.
Collection Museum of the Origins of Man. "
Illustration of the Italian sculpture Copyright (c) Pietro Gaietto, All Rights Reserved.
Markups shown on the Missouri sculpture. Arrows show line of vision.
A brighter lighting perspective on the Missouri sculpture, seen with scale
A similar anthropomorphic head identified by Ken Johnston from the Boggs collection, Oregon.