10 June 2015

Centipede Rock Ranch Site near Austin, Texas, reports iconic finds in concentrated numbers near an insect fossil outcrop

Flint fish figure with "eye" on a point found by Texas Rancher near Austin

"I found this montell point which are one of the most popular arrowheads in Texas. They aren't as commonly found as say a pedernales but they aren't rare either. They are one of my favorites and supposedly date back 7,000 years. Anyways, this ancient knapper made this Montell into a perfect fish! Everything is spot on to resemble blue gil/sun perch even the top spiny spikey fins on the top and the eye is perfect."

Ken Johnston interpretation of a possible human head left profile image in the middle of the artifact. Was this human likeness noticed in prehistory? Perhaps. Was it intentionally worked to tease the image out of the stone? Perhaps. Did it inspire an artist to make a fish figure of an arrowhead? Perhaps. Could this piece represent the fish and fisherman? Perhaps. Only by exploring these possibilities and setting the stage for future examples can we learn about portable rock art.

PAC-MAN like zooanthropomorphic stone identified by Texas Rancher

Texas Rancher writes: "This is my favorite one so far. There's a buffalo with his head pointing right. I also think there might be a bear facing the other way but I'm not certain. I believe the indention made on the buffalo's face is not an eye rather a horn - if you zoom in and look closely - it's in the shape of a horn (more of a tear drop shape rather than a round circle.)" 

"What makes it such a cool piece is how the cortex was left on to show the buffalo's fur. The cortex is spot on with how a real buffalo's fur looks. Especially how the yellow fur goes all the way down to their front leg then kinda turns to a different color and then the hair stops just like on my rock and then their ass is completely bald. " Photo comparison by Texas Rancher.

"The photo of the smooth opposite side of the rock really shows the bear." -Texas Rancher.

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