24 September 2014
Sleeping water bird sculpture from the Arkfeld site
Sculpture of long-billed bird with head turned back, 10cm
Arkfeld site at Clear Brook, Virginia, #44FK732
Adam Arkfeld interprets this bird figure as being an example of a "decorated workbench" where the back of the bird served as a small work surface to secure materials being worked.
Interpreted by Ken Johnston as a "duck with head turned back" limestone figure from the Arkfeld site, Clear Brook, Virginia, featured earlier on this blog. Compare this small figure to the boulder size expression of the same form at Great-Pampau, Germany, below. (click photos to open and compare)
Image and text capture Copyright (c) Ursel Benekendorff, web site Schafftwissen.de All Rights Reserved Ursel Benekendorff.
Handy version. "Preening water birds" motif described and documented by Ursel Benekendorff from c. 500,000 BP. Image Copyright (c) Ursel Benekendorff, web site Schafftwissen.de . All Rights Reserved Ursel Benekendorff.