-arrowheadology.com Tribal Council Member 'Bobby'
"(Ken Johnston) has been banned. Future threads about pareidolia-inducing items will be carefully monitored, if allowed at all."
“It does seem to be in the long-recognized theme of a bird with head turned back, apparently first spotted by Ursel Benekendorff a long time ago. (And occasionally other creatures are depicted in this posture.) … It could well be that the object in the bird's beak is in the very old and common theme of one creature emerging from the mouth of another (see http://www.daysknob.com/Creature-From-Mouth.htm). A close look under magnification might be worthwhile.”
"I've found similar objects in the NH/VT area, which leads me to speculate that this style of rock carving was not only widespread/ continental in scope, but may have functioned as a unit of exchange. The interpretation of a bird emerging from its shell is spot on in my opinion, and reveals a sophisticated approach to object-making indicative of a well-developed artistic tradition. The bird becomes a metaphor for the sculptor, who has liberated this figure from the rock; we are left to wonder not about the subject of the representation but rather the inherent incompleteness of art making, the impossibility to separate form from raw material. If we are to explore this discourse further, we may find that the culture responsible for these objects was very much like our own, and conceived of art in highly poetic, theoretical terms." -Jonathan Lohse