05 April 2013

Oregonian identifies examples of "one eye open, one eye shut or missing" portable rock art motif originating in the European Lower Paleolithic

Nona Axsom finds, Portland, Oregon

Nona has noticed the recurring pattern of rocks from her garden with crude faces with one eye open, one eye shut. This cultural meme originated in the Lower Paleolithic and continued for tens of thousands of years at least into the Middle Paleolithic. Evidence of it in America is seen from coast-to-coast, so it may be an indicator of a broad population of some of the earliest peoples in the Americas.

This figure from Nona's garden digging is similar to an Ohio find from Licking County investigated and documented by Alan Day.

-kbj

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ken...

    Nice piece (referring to the top photo). I'm increaingly cautious in blathering about what I see in photos, but would suggest that here another typical feature may be present integrated with the open(?) eye, namely a secondary frontal simple face topped by an angled/forward-facing creature over the forehead. Reinforcing this impression is the naturalistic-looking right (viewer's left) eye - proper shape and with iris.

    Regarding the Rick Prince stone (Licking County, Ohio), on my long list of things I must do is looking at this in person and under the microscope to see if traces of the supposedly removed encasing shale remain. If they seem to be present, I'd like to run the piece past my main (and very conservative) rock consultant (petrologist / geology prof) for his assessment. By now I have no problem with simple iconography in stones of great antiquity, but an artifact embedded in shale deposited 325 million years ago strains even my credulity, given the apparent geological impossibility.

    While I'm here - you might take a look at http://www.daysknob.com/AS.htm where I show a couple finds by Mr. Alan Skelly in the creek below Ohio's Great Serpent Mound. One of these is presented in all its polymorphic glory. (He brought me several containers of excellent material for inspection, and gave me two nice pieces, only one of which I have had time to photograph and post.) And speaking of the Serpent, Dr. William Romain demonstrated in a recent presentation that he and his team, who have conducted the first professionally executed retrieval and dating of charcoal from that structure, have convincing evidence that the structure was built by the Adena rather than by people of the Fort Ancient culture, who occupied the site about 1400 years later and left datable material in a shallower stratum, leading the Ohio Historical Society archaeologists to loudly trumpet their currently widely accepted "discovery" that the Fort Ancient people built the Serpent.

    Regards, Alan

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