Denisovan Ancestry in East Eurasian and Native American Populations

15 April 2014

Texas flint with two facial profiles on its edges in the Acheulean tradition

Texas flint with facial profile on upper right edge identified by Bill Waters

ca. 500,000 to 100,000 B.P. Dunbridge, U.K., handaxe with human face profile on edge interpreted by Ken Johnston to compare to Texas example above it.

Eye, two nostrils and (smiling?) mouth worked into this same Texas flint (side 2) as a human head left profile, interpretation by Bill Waters, Bill Waters collection

At some point in time, North American Archaeology will have to explain and account for the existence of Lower and Middle Paleolithic "Old World" art forms being found here.

This human facial profile on the edge of this Texas handaxe from the Bill Waters collection was featured in an earlier posting on this blog. This is a known expression of the Acheulean tradition in Western Europe and has been documented by several serious amateurs there and by early art scholar James Harrod, Ph.D. at

Master flint knapper and figure stone investigator Bob Doyle of Maine created this flint with a human facial profile on it as an experiment in "replicative archaeology." Bob uses the word "carve" to describe his work on the face details. 

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