29 May 2015

Arkfeld Site May 23 weekend dig produces a possible anthropomorphic knife and more art and tools to be studied in coming months

Arkfeld site find on May 23 is a knife where, according to Adam Arkfeld, the blade and handle profile may also represent a bearded and capped right human facial profile, looking wizard-like.

Arkfeld Site stone knife

Same side, flipped upside-down

Ken Johnston illustration of the anthropomorphic features described by Adam Arkfeld.

Bird at left recovered in the May 23 dig compares favorably to another Arkfeld site stone bird figure seen at right and featured in an earlier posting on this blog.

This stone may have been collected prehistorically and curated by Arkfeld site people for its simple zoomorphic appearance. It resembles bird forms commonly seen in portable rock art. A petrology examination could be done to check the possibility of a human-made cement being used to fuse three stacked stones together.

Three similar stone forms identified by Adam Arkfeld. These objects resemble mammoth heads and trunks in left profile. With a large number of mammoth figures from this site patterns like this should be considered as possible iterations of the same iconic form.

These three are also possible tool forms without any iconic intent. They all present a pointed working bit and may be considered burins, perhaps used to score bone to access marrow meats. If they were also intended to be mammoth-iconic, the tip of the mammoth's trunk also serves as the working bit of the tool.

Arkfeld Site Menhir (possible standing stone)

Anthropomorphic head boulder with possible human modification to expand eye openings and create a nose channel and a mouth. Perhaps an example of the Paleolithic art motif of "left eye missing with distortion to left side of the face"

A "chain gang" of archaeologists surveys a terrace at The Arkfeld Site, Clear Brook, Virginia, on May 23, 2015

(Hoh! Ah!)

Site owner Adam Arkfeld examines a freshly rinsed stone

Arkfeld site lead archaeologist Jack Hranicky examines lithic materials on his workbench.

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