19 January 2016

A quartzite skull mask combined with 'raptor with prey at beak' motif from the Arkfeld Site, Clear Brook, Virginia

'Quartzite skull mask' 12cm

Adam Arkfeld find, Paleolithic Arkfeld archaeology Site, Clear Brook, Virginia. Quartzite is an imported stone material to the Arkfeld Site. The conspicuous difference between the shapes of the two eyes leads me to conclude this is an example of the Lower and Middle Paleolithic 'one eye open, one eye missing or closed' motif seen in the Old World and in the United States.

There may be an owl-like bird's face depicted on the top of the head of the human. It may have a depiction of a small animal dangling from its beak. The owl's 'tail' is also the 'chin' of the human.This 'owl with prey' motif has been seen in other examples. Click photos to expand and toggle between the illustrated and non-illustrated versions.

This is the scene in nature captured in this recurring portable rock art motif seen so far in both Ohio and Virginia.

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