31 October 2016
27 October 2016
Tall head effigy with face looking left
Adam Arkfeld finds,Clear Brook, Virginia, #44FK731
Close up of the face on the effigy stone
Another tall head effigy, with face looking right
26 October 2016
Denis with some photographs of portable rock art in December 2008.
'The galloping horse head'
The sound of portable rock art: Argaut has identified several horse figures which make a galloping sound when "rocked" or manipulated by an artist. These stones have been engineered to create the life-like sounds of a galloping horse. These are extraordinary observations by Mr. Argaut.
20 October 2016
'Bird in flight' figure stone
Patrick Wilson and family finds, The Stone Wall Site
Rockport, Hot Spring county, Arkansas. Near the Ouachita River, a Mississippi River tributary.
'Mammoth body and human head facing left'
This is a 'mammoth and human' combination sculpture exhibiting two motifs already described on this blog. First, this view may be seen as a human head and face looking left, with a mammoth form cresting its forehead and where the mammoth 'trunk' and the human's 'nose' are the same element in the stone. It is like the mammoth's 'head bump' and its arched back and posterior are the human's 'hairdo.'
Blue line illustrating mammoth form combined with the human head with their 'eyes' circled. The mammoth shares it's 'trunk' with the human's 'nose' which is seen in many other examples. The human's eye has been created using a Paleolithic rock art convention of jamming a manufactured square pebble into a crevice of a stone to define and give depth to an 'eye,' or to add 'teeth' to a 'mouth' etc.
Drawing Copyright (c) 2015 Bradley Lepper, Ohio History Connection. Lepper has traced a European cave art depiction of a figure with both human and mammoth qualities. This same fundamental combination (mammoth and human sharing forehead) is seen in this Rockport, Arkansas, sculpture example.
The second significant common motif exhibited by this sculpture may be seen when the sculpture is reversed. A human head looking left may be seen here, where the human's face is also the 'posterior' of the mammoth figure.
Mammoth in profile facing left with rear legs defined
A human-like image faintly visible on this stone looks like a human bust with shoulder and arm in left 3/4 profile. The human's 'head' is in the upper right part of the stone. I placed the interpreted human face in a box. Images like this may be many thousands of years old and sometimes they look like hauntingly faded photographs on stone.
Close up of human face image which was made by an artist selectively altering the rock's surface to create eyes, nose and mouth
Human face in retouch work looking left on a large flint
'Sleeping duck stone figure with head turned onto its back'
A sleeping duck in nature
A sitting anthropomorphic figure (troll-like) looking right with arm raised to its mouth area.
Bird head with eye
Bottom of underside of the bird head (by the floor here) has a human head with worked eyes, nose and mouth. Pietro Gaietto of Italy has described this motif in Paleolithic sculptural art there and it is seen in other United States examples.
Novaculite outcrops throughout the area have attracted humans for millennia. Photo by Patrick Wilson. Patrick's grandpa first noticed an abundance of worked and iconic stones on his property many years ago.
Arkansas novaculite translucent banded knife blade found by Patrick Wilson
18 October 2016
'Human head looking right' on a stone plaque
Adam Arkfeld find, Site #44FK731, Clear Brook Virginia
This piece has become weathered after its manufacture and the stone appears worn away somewhat. This may speak to its great age.
On the back of the human face profile I interpret a 'bear head' looking left where the bear's 'nose' and 'mouth' are at the human's 'neck.'
Illustration of the eye, nose and mouth which are still faintly visible. The combination of an animal head and a human head is common in Paleolithic art.
Another Levallois-like point from Arkfeld Site
14 October 2016
Bird stone figures with heads turned back from Piacenza, Italy, demonstrate trans-Atlantic art similarities
Water bird with head turned back and tail feathering at far right
Luigi Chiapparoli finds, from Piacenza, Italy
Ken Johnston illustration of the bill of the duck looking back to the right with a circle around a human face depiction and a circle around the head of a creature facing right as if emerging from the duck's 'tail feathers.' This animal resembles a 'seal.'
(Left) A flaked bird figure with eye divot and bill tucked into its back feathers and alternately interpreted as a bird with beak pointed right. (Right) a duck figure with its head turned back. This art motif is described as early as the Lower Paleolithic ca. 500,000 BP by Mrs. Ursel Benekendorff of Germany who has called it the "preening water bird." I have referred to it as the "sleeping duck" motif as well.
There are commonalities with some Italian and North American finds like this which suggest a trans-Atlantic cultural connection in the Stone Age. See the prior posting of similar birds from Virginia's Arkfeld Site.
Luigi Chiapparoli is a recognized independent rock art investigator working in the Piacenza locale. Numerous stone figures and landscape rock art features have been identified by Lug and featured earlier on this blog.
Piacenza locale, northern Italy
Montarsolo, near the portable rock art finds. Photograph by rock art investigator Luigi Chiapparoli.
13 October 2016
Possible 'bird with head turned back' sculpture is in three levels of relief for head, neck and body just like example already reported
'Possible bird with head turned back in three levels of relief'
Adam Arkfeld find, Clear Brook, Virginia
11 October 2016
09 October 2016
A solid central Virginia Paleolithic art and tool site has been identified by another amature archaeologist who is told he has found "river rocks"
'Bird figure stone'Adrian Ellis finds, central Virginia
'Bird in hand with eye and beak detail'
Hook-billed bird head (like an eagle) with stone removal to make the beak identified by Adrian. Bird heads and bird figures are commonly found at these kinds of archaeology sites.
Bird forms and quasi bird forms from the site
Three animal head sculptures identified by Adrian Ellis who has an MFA degree in sculpture from UCLA and has studied stone sculpture. The top two look like felines and the bottom one is more vague but likely feline too. They all have worked 'eyes.'
Illustration of the worked eye areas on the three animal head sculptures
A Levallois-like point from this central Virginia site
A geometric point
Worked and then worn through use rhomboid shapes identified by Adrian
Oldowan rhomboids, Netherlands, 700,000 to 200,000 BP, from originsnet.org for comparison to Virginia examples above found by Adrian Ellis.
A simple Oldowan Mode I Lithics cobble tool from Virginia with two breaks to create a sharp edge. These simple cultural materials with such light modification are too often overlooked in American Archaeology.
"I also want to share with you how poorly I've been treated by the archaeological community... Still cannot believe that I have been told these are only river rocks, if you have half a brain, you can see they are tools." -Adrian Ellis, Virginia
The field of Archaeology continues to squander opportunities to identify new patterns of lithics behavior on the landscape by its inability or unwillingness to take some very astute and observant non-professionals like Adrian Ellis seriously.