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
Prehistoric bling-bling: American Levallois finger tool incorporates natural crystal inclusion as a featured visual aspect
Ken Johnston find, Flint Ridge, Licking County, Ohio
Tools found near the Flint Ridge bird figure/chopper featured in the prior posting of 17 October include this Levallois-style reduction finger held cutter/perforator/borer.
The crystals appear between the index and middle fingers pointing skyward while the tools is used as designed. It may be thought of as a decorated tool, a finger axe with some "bling," which was likely recognized and appreciated by the maker in prehistory.
The tool stands upright on its own "base" in this orientation, like one might expect from a sculpture.
Side two view.
Another less ostentatious Levallois style flake tool designed to be held in the fingers found nearby.
Illustrations of the designed thumb pads on these artifacts to facilitate one's grip.