02 December 2015

Head profile compatible with R. Dale Guthrie's 'gradient of human and animal heads' in Paleolithic art becomes a feline head when rotated 180 degrees

'Zooanthropomorphic head in right profile view'
Mark Gafkjen find, Minnesota River valley near Minneapolis

As a rock and mineral collector, Mark has identified numerous portable rock art figures in his locale which cannot be accounted for by natural coincidence. Mark uses a microscope to evaluate rocks for evidence of human modification.

Mark's identification of an anthropormorphic head figure with evidence of human modification is compatible with animal and human head forms as described on a gradient by R. Dale Guthrie in his book The Nature of Paleolithic Art.

When rotated 180 degrees the zooanthropomorphic head becomes a feline head looking left.

'Petrified wood human face mask'

In this view of the stone is a human head where the nose line splits two facets of the stone. Each of the visible facets has one of the face's eyes.


Circled in this illustration is a carving of a human face nested within the sculpture.

Close up of the little human face carving

Zooanthropomorphic head in right profile becomes a feline head in left profile when rotated 180 degrees. Click photos to expand.

When the zooanthropomorphic head is rotated 90 degrees on its way to the lion head, it presents another clear human head left profile figure compatible with the R. Dale Guthrie Paleolithic human head continuum. (Guthrie image reversed to face same way as rock image for ease of comparison.)

1 comment:

  1. Would love to get someone to look at some of the rock sculptures found on my property along rural river in East Tennessee. Amazed by the variety of rock media, sizes, images and complexities of the images. I'm driven to know who, when and why? But at the moment I would settle for talking to someone who doesn't think I'm crazy!

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