03 April 2015

Human head stone sculpture including a mammoth visage along with tools from the Ice Age Arkfeld site, #44FK732

Human head stone sculpture recovered by Adam Arkfeld, Clear Brook, Virginia.

The sculpture includes a mammoth head facing left in the overall shape of the stone. The upper left of the rock is the "bump" of the mammoth head.

Arkfeld writes: "Interesting features; mouth is another example of fossil utilization. A worm tube has been utilized. Left eye slit is a natural fissure. Right eye slit has been etched into the stone by hand. Its angle matches the left."

Typical Arkfeld site tools along with all the art objects indicate the site may be of great antiquity. However, the archaeology establishment has been unable to comprehend the significance of the finds being made there.

A bias toward flaked tools as the primary indicator of human activity and an ignorance of the importance of crude and opportunistic tools and portable rock art in evaluating archaeology sites leads many to err in thinking objects like these are "just rocks."

A Pleistocene archaeology and rock art scholar with most all of his experience in the "Old World" has called the Arkfeld site "The most remarkable pre-Clovis site in the United States." Hopefully this will not be lost on those who profess to be searching for evidence of the earliest Americans.

The face mask is interpreted here as having the embedded visage of a mammoth in left profile where the mammoth's left eye divot is also the right eye of the human. The tip of the mammoth's trunk is also the mouth of the human. This image is found just inside the overall shape of the rock on its upper left side and may seen as a representation of the mammoth's head bump cresting the human's forehead. This is a motif already described on this blog.

From all of the art we can say "the right eye may have been symbolic of a life portal and the left eye symbolic of a death portal." If so, this piece may be saying "the death eye of the mammoth is the life eye of the human." This notion is compatible with Duncan Caldwell's "Prey-Mother" hypothesis. The death of the mammoth may have been seen as important for human survival.

"Drawing: A human-mammoth hybrid from Les Comparelles Caves in France. Traced from a sketch in Jelinek’s Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Evolution of Man (1975)." (c) Copyright 2015 Brad Lepper and/or The Ohio History Connection, All Rights Reserved.

This kind of human/mammoth combination is seen a good number of postings on this blog and may also be seen in examples of parietal art in Europe.

1 comment:

  1. The Arkfeld site shows promise and should foster much enthusiasm for professional and amatures alike. If one thing history and pre-history shows us. Its that so called time stamps keep going back farther and farther then originally hypothesized. Its time enthusiasts put pride aside and start looking at the facts. Facts that are being brought from the earth every day at sites like the Arkfeld location.