30 April 2014
Jeff Vincent find, Mammoth Springs, Arkansas
26 April 2014
"Birds in flight" from Arkansas, Ohio and the German Swabian Alps show a consistency of art forms despite geographic distance and different raw materials
"Bird in flight" coarse stone figure identified by Jeff Vincent, Mammoth Springs, Arkansas
"Bird in flight" flint figure, made of Vanport chert, Flint Ridge, Ohio, identified by Ken Johnston in an earlier posting on this blog
21 April 2014
Arkfeld farm site, #44FK732, fossil ivory with horse carving
length 38cm, diameter 7cm at large end, weight 2.4kg
Photos by Adam Arkfeld, Clear Brook, Virginia
Adam Arkfeld writes, "This tusk was recovered in a wet clay bed formed by runoff from limestone bedrock. The ivory has been completely mineralized. It appears that the horse was carved when the tusk was still "green." The level of carving detail would not be possible on limestone."
Close up of horse head and neck, including incised lines
Adam Arkfeld notes the Virginia carved horse head has a stylistic similarity horse imagery from Lascaux cave, France. The Arkfeld example also quite distinctly has the "whiskery lines" just behind the horse's mouth like the France example.
Lascaux cave horse head image
Horses from Lascaux and the Arkfeld ivory carving have lines behind the horse's mouth as seen in the reproduction image at right above. They are very finely carved but still distinct in the Arkfeld example.
Magdalenian period carved ivory and bone figures from Europe depict bridled horses. The carved horse head on a gomphothere tusk is featured in the current issue of Pleistocene Coalition News along with other site information by Adam Arkfeld and Jack Hranicky, R.P.A.
Horse head carved on ivory, Hohle Fels, Germany, ca. 30,000 years BP. (image flipped for a more direct comparison to the Arkfeld site example)
16 April 2014
One eye open, other eye shut, feline and human faces in micro-art on a pebble from the Columbia River valley
Micro-art feline face
Isolated image from the pebble of a one eye open, other eye shut or missing feline face (with tongue out) interpreted by Ken Johnston. The right eye is a small cluster of quartz crystals and the left eye contains some empty space, affecting the known one eye open art motif. Figure stone find by Dennis Boggs at Irrigon, Oregon.
Dennis Boggs find, Irrigon, Oregon
One-eyed human and feline figures have been described from Eurasia as well as North America on this blog. Jan van Es of Roermond, The Netherlands, taught me what to look for in Paleolithic micro pebble art and this North American figure is similar to those van Es has shared from Lower and Middle Paleolithic archaeological sites he is familiar with from northern Europe.
The typical context for Mr. Boggs' finds include worked pebbles like at left and center, as well as suspected manuported exotic stones like at right. A number of stones appear worked to access quartz crystal inclusions and will be featured in a future posting here.
Left is the figure stone featured in this article. Right is another Dennis Boggs human head figure stone featured earlier on this blog. One may see the similarity in the stone working technique/technology used in the manufacture of the eye elements on both figures.
Feline figure as the stone fits most comfortably in the hand, as if the cat is reclining on outstretched front legs. The "front legs" feature is very smoothed as if worn by rubbing and accomodates the thumb perfectly when held like this.
Feline face looking out from the "cave" created by the human hand when it is held as a "rubbing stone."
African lion with tongue out like feline on the figure stone (left eye illustrated as missing)
15 April 2014
Texas flint with facial profile on upper right edge identified by Bill Waters
Eye, two nostrils and (smiling?) mouth worked into this same Texas flint (side 2) as a human head left profile, interpretation by Bill Waters, Bill Waters collection
At some point in time, North American Archaeology will have to explain and account for the existence of Lower and Middle Paleolithic "Old World" art forms being found here.
This human facial profile on the edge of this Texas handaxe from the Bill Waters collection was featured in an earlier posting on this blog. This is a known expression of the Acheulean tradition in Western Europe and has been documented by several serious amateurs there and by early art scholar James Harrod, Ph.D. at OriginsNet.org
12 April 2014
Arkfeld site in Virginia reports portable rock art and carved ivory in current issue of Pleistocene Coalition News
Adam Arkfeld find, near Clear Brook, Virginia, registered site #44FK732
Landowner and amateur archaeologist Adam Arkfeld with assistance of Jack Hranicky, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists), recently reported on this possible engraved stone among many suspected art objects from the Arkfeld farm site in Pleistocene Coalition News. The art objects described from the site include a suspected (fossil bone) figure with what appears to be a carved horse's head as well as many other horse-like objects.
Paleolithic art author Pietro Gaietto. The feline is facing left and bird is facing right. A markup I made on the photo here illustrates how the two creatures are joined at the back of their heads.
23JP1222 in Missouri in a posting April 5, 2014 on this blog, also interpreted as a feline head looking left joined with a bird head looking right. The Arkfeld site #44FK732 find may be seen as analogous to the site #23JP1222 find.
11 April 2014
Pebble with face. Jeff Vincent find, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, in the context of other portable rock art objects
Macario Solis find, Yakima County, Washington
Eye and mouth elements arranged within a pattern trigger primal human facial recognition capacities
09 April 2014
Horse figure, Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber, site #23JP1222
Horse teeth "in the right place" identified by Dodd are a giveaway to the animal being depicted here
Przewalski's horse teeth
07 April 2014
Jeff Vincent found bird sculpture, April 4, 2014, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
More stone birds from Jeff Vincent's back yard, April 4 finds
M.A. Kiriyak, Early Art of the Northern Far East (Siberia)
M.A. Kiriyak, Early Art of the Northern Far East (Siberia)
Flint tool from a north Germany collection may have been intentionally worked to remove selected patches of cortex for eyes and a nose so as to affect the visage of a canine on the tool
Side 2 of tool with possible canine decoration
Chris Schram find, Westminster, Colorado. Petrified wood object identified as a worked stone invoking canine imagery and found in a portable rock art context including other animal figures.
05 April 2014
French and American sculptures may depict creatures looking left split with bird head profiles looking right
Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find, site #23JP1222 in Missouri.
Possible feline-like head looking left with bird head facing right
The Old Route 66 Zoo site, a portable rock art megasite
Please compare to the France example below
Acheulean or Clactonian, Mouthiers, Charente, France, photo by Pietro Gaietto
Human with prominent jaw looking left (Gaietto) and bird facing right (Johnston)
02 April 2014
Chris Schram find and interpretation as a Wood Bison figure, Westminster, Colorado
Chris Schram has interpreted this as a worked piece of petrified wood in a representation of the body of the Wood Bison. It was found in the context of many petrified wood portable rock art objects. While researching bison, Chris came upon the Wood Bison and noticed it had a prominent vertical hump above the shoulders and a straight, sloping, back strikingly similar to the one seen on the figure stone.
cave at Lascaux, France, shows a man with a bird head, a speared bison with its intestines drooping to the ground and a bird on what appears to be a staff. The bison, bird and human combination is likely not a coincidence and probably reflects a related symbol system between North America and Europe.