14 December 2015
Tennessee River creek confluence site reports human head left profile with eye and with sets of parallel incised lines
'Human head left profile with eye and with sets of parallel incised lines'
Jason Lamont finds, Hardin County, Tennessee, along the Tennessee River
The reflective or sparkling inclusions in the stone may have inspired its use for an iconic sculpture.
When rotated 90 degrees left the human head profile becomes a mammoth profile facing left. This kind of optical illusion is achieved by focusing one's visual attention to see the desired image. The 'eyes' are the visual ques for each of the images. The idea of the human and the mammoth sharing foreheads was a significant one to some North American Paleolithic peoples.
Mammoth/human combination from France cave art, tracing by Brad Lepper
Eye, nostrils and mouth on head shaped stone
Worked stone heads from the site identified by Jason
Chert tool found among the art
Depiction of larger creature (snake?) head left profile with the 'little head in its mouth'