19 August 2012
Ohio collector Mike Raver independently describes known Old World "one eye open, one eye closed/missing" motif from river confluence site in Zanesville
Mike Raver finds, confluence of the Licking River and the Muskingum River, an Ohio River tributary, at Zanesville, Ohio.
Mike Raver of Zanesville, Ohio, has been artifact collecting for many years and a couple of years ago started noticing visual patterns in the worked material he was finding. The posting features just 7 of the many, many, pebble face masks Mike has found at the river confluence. These simple pebbles with naturally advantageous features were modified to the likeness of crude faces, many with "one eye closed and a moan" according to Mike. This interpretation is in line with a known motif in portable rock art from the Old World, according to the late German archaeologist, Walther Matthes as seen at originsnet.org, and in America as seen on this blog and from places such as the Day's Knob hilltop site, around 50 miles from Zanesville.
Alan Day has investigated many of these objects, including this Licking County "one eye open, one eye closed/missing" figure stone found about 20 miles west of Zanesville with a unique story. Investigation and interpretation by Alan Day. Photo by Jonathan Gephart, Newark, Ohio, courtesy of Alan Day.
Mike is one of many careful observers of worked stone material who have also independently detected and described this motif in the Unites States. It is in fact prolific, being reported to this author from coast-to-coast by portable rock art investigators. Mike collects material which looks different from the natural background of rocks in his locale. He then examines pieces closer when he gets home. He finds a wide variety of tools and portable rock art artifacts.
Mike Raver has made some significant art and tool finds which will be seen in the near future on this blog.
Mike showing me part of his collection, holding a long, sharp tabular wedge. Many art pieces were present and will be seen here in the future. Mikes's blog is here.
Artifact from Germany as seen at originsnet.org for motif comparison to Ohio examplesPhotographer © Walther Matthes. Matthes, W. (1969). Eiszeitkunst im Nordseeraum. Otterndorf, Gr: Niederelbe-Verlag; (1964/1965). Bild 62.