26 July 2017

'Flying foot' imagery from Arkfeld Site Paleolithic times in similar motif to ancient Greek god Hermes

'Flying foot' interpreted by Adam Arkfeld
The Arkfeld Site, #44FK732, Clear Brook, Virginia

The side view of the 'foot' has a distinct bird-in-flight-like form. It also resembles the NASA Space Shuttles in profile view. Based on this and evidence of toes on the foot worked to relative anatomical accuracy led Arkfeld to this astute interpretation.

Arkfeld notes the 'flying foot' motif is seen in the case of the Greek god Hermes

View of the top of the foot shows five toes resting on a surface of a band of white quartzite. (click photos to expand) 

Closer view of top of foot

Toes illustrated

View of front of the foot

Close up view of the toes on the front of the foot

15 July 2017

A grinning 3/4 left facial profile in shallow flint re-touch work on the edge of a U.K. Lower Paleolithic Clactonian scraper

'3/4 left profile of human head with smile'
Lower Palaeolithic -  UK scraper. c.350,000+ BP.

A Clactonian /Acheulean discoidal pebble scraper. Produced on a cortex backed section of a large river pebble. Two sections on the dorsal face have been flaked towards a distal point. Ventral face with a clear bulb of percussion and one third of the circumference displays some wonderful, shallow flaking. Silver and orange ancient patina on exposed flint. Size 7cm x 7cm. Acquired by Ken Johnston from an old collection.

 Facial profile with arrow illustrating the figure's 'line of vision'

Significant cortex or weathered rind remains on the cobble on the other side