10 September 2013

Bison climbing on back of mammoth with a bison head looking backward is a significant American palaeoart sculpture from site number 23JP1222, the "Old Route 66 Zoo"

Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find
"The Old Route 66 Zoo," Jasper County, Missouri, site 23JP1222

Bison climbing on back of mammoth with a bison head facing backward is a significant American palaeoart sculpture identified by Ken Johnston from site number 23JP1222, the "Old Route 66 Zoo."

The bison may be interpreted here as copulating with the mammoth indicating a possible fertility symbolism associated with these two animals. Even though we know the mammoth/bison combination from the portable rock art of the "Old World" and from Western European cave art, it is also found in North America as demonstrated by this and other postings on this blog.

Until this portable rock art modality is recognized by Anthropology and archaeological work is done on these finds in North America to provide dating- the world does not know if the mammoth/bison combination motif originated in the Americas or Eurasia.

Ken Johnston's interpretation of the palaeoart piece. Bison head looking left, bison head is also the rear half of the bison facing right as if climbing on the back of the mammoth. The bison climbing on the back of the mammoth has been interpreted as the bison mounting the mammoth for copulation.

Utah petroglyph documented by Ekkehart Malotki and Henry D. Wallace has now been interpreted by Ken Johnston as likely depicting a bison mounting a mammoth for copulation, the same scene being depicted in the "Old Route 66 Zoo" mammoth/bison combination sculpture.




-kbj

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