15 August 2013
Bird sculptures made from prepared cores
Bird figure in flint, Muskingum County, Ohio
Side 2 of the bird figure
The bird has a patch of quartz crystals on its head, like a sparkling crest, the only crystals on the piece. There is also an "eye" on the bird, increasing the chances of human intent to create the figure.
Patch of crystals catches the light
The bird perched in my hand
Two bird figures found 5 miles from each other, along Flint Ridge in east central Ohio demonstrate similar morphology. This indicates the creation of figures may have been widely practiced at Flint Ridge in prehistory. The bird figure at right was featured in an earlier post.