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
This shell shaped stone from an earlier posting was also worked using a buffer technique. It was found 1/4 mile away from the two pieces featured in this post.
This artifact was found in site association with the first one presented
Find by Houck, Knox County, Ohio, the county north of Licking County. It is attributed to the American Archaic period, from approximately 8000 to 3000 years before present. This is more familiar to our visual senses as created by a human aesthetic. The buffer technique which created the "rough looking" artifacts is not as familiar to us, but I argue the same human sensibilities of proportion and shaping are at work here, just expressed in different stone working technologies. The finely worked flint seems to 'feature' or be centered on the creamy, white stone inclusion. This featuring is similar to the what appears to be shell fossil featuring on two artifacts from the same locale.
An illustration of intentional shaping of this stone using five primary edge lines