21 April 2013
Missouri scraper with worked face calls for review of existing collections for similar iconography
Bill Waters find, identified as an intended face representation on a scraper, from a Missouri collection.
The face icon is seen in the photo at left, along the right edge of the artifact. Bill earlier identified another face icon on a diminutive quasi hand axe shaped scraper from Texas. Together, they may represent small versions of the "hand axe and cleaver" pairing related to Acheulean, Mode 2 technologies, both having face icons in the known "decorated hand axe" tradition.
American collectors should make reviews of their artifacts to see if subtle faces such as these have been incorporated into tools but so far have missed detection.