28 July 2013
Missouri plaquette depicting a human head profile looking left, crested by a winged bird, found in context of Levallois technology lithic reduction
Keith Stamper identification of human head profile, one of several, he has found among flaked tools in a small area of his yard, St. Peters, Missouri, near the Mississippi River.
It appears 3 flakes were removed to create the brow and eyes of the human, which also finishes the bird head form. The stone element in the lower right may be interpreted alternately as hair on the human head or as the bird's wing.
.This stone in its own might not be interpreted as a possible artifact. However, Keith Stamper has identified other apparently worked rocks with visual properties like other objects seen on this blog, as well as many stone tools all found in direct context with the suspected art.
Rock likeness to a human head with a prominent nose facing right, in the elongated style described by R. Dale Guthrie and illustrated in his "human to animal" gradient of head depictions in Paleolithic art.
From page 92, The Nature of Paleolithic Art, R. Dale Guthrie
This Keith Stamper tool find is a heavy-duty ficron
Side 2 of heavy-duty ficron
Levallois blade, St. Peters Missouri, U.S.A.
More Levallois flake reduction technology
A possible Prarie Dog depiction, St. Peters, Missouri, Keith Stamper
Keith Stamper find, St. Peters, Missouri