05 November 2013

Oregon mammoth head shaped stone found in context of manuported exotic stone objects and has likeness to similar forms identified by Jan van Es in The Netherlands

Dennis Boggs collection, suspected Stone Age manuport collected for its resemblance to the head and trunk of a proboscidean (mammoth). 17cm,7cm. Columbia River valley, at Irrigon, Oregon, likely after ca. 13,000 YBP, dated by Ice Age Missoula flood events

Oregon mammoth-like head figure. The rock broke during shipping from Oregon to Ohio and has been reassembled for photography.

Suspected proboscidean (family of elephants) head representations from The Netherlands collection of archaeologist Jan van Es

Patterns of iconographic stones like these can emerge from locations which produce tools and other evidence of human presence. They are typically distinct from background lithic material and appear to have been serendipitously natural shaped stones which were collected into the material culture (or curated) and sometimes modified to further enhance the starting form nature had presented.

Another example of the animal sculpture forms in the Dennis Boggs collection is this fine "Whale of a Figure stone" featured in an earlier posting.

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