Friday, 23 February 2018

Show us your Elephants - Portable Rock Art

Show us your elephants!, you could become famous!, although I doubt there would be any kind of connection between the two. 

This is a personal invention to send in one photo of your best elephant figure stone find. All valid entries will be judged on aesthetics, visible modification, subject likeness etc. by those who participate.  The top voted images will be displayed in rank order with full attributions given, name, location, website etc. to any who wish to give details.

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Flint hand axe with stunning animal images.

This flint hand axe from my usual hunting grounds shows some very interesting animal depictions. Bear, elephant, feline, ape and hominid like images can be seen. The creature images appear to be of tropical/jungle/savanna species and according to climactic data that would make this one of the worlds oldest pieces of prehistoric art.

Bear and ape head profiles can be seen.

Bear or sloth animated rightwards, classic elephant head profile can also be seen.

This one is a little tricky, monkey and feline like images.

Classic imagery seen in many other figure stones can be seen in this hand axe.

Very complex, relies on the mind being tricked by differing sets of 'eye' pairs.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Prehistoric Micro Artwork Holds Superb Ape Images.

 Another prehistoric flint artwork find from my usual hunting grounds showing some stunning imagery, but this sculpture is only about one and a half inches across its longest dimensions, possibly suggesting that  very small people made and used it.  Study the three animations very carefully.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

More evidence of pigment? in petrefied and worked eye shape on stone age flint tool.

 A very clear and detailed eye shape can be seen on this stone age flint tool, the color detail is embedded into the stone as though pigment has become fossilized into the patina or natural inclusions in the flint are being observed. Evidence would lead us to rule out the latter with this flint tool with more obviously artistic pigment usage. Other examples of clear and possibly petrified pigment usage displaying clear and detailed eye shapes can be seen:- Prehistoric clothing and Crocodile rock.

 Above: note the hair line ridges that make good eye lash and eye brow features.

 Above: The curve of the blade, hair line features can be observed, these are often found on my finds and other figure stone finds, and are the result of an unknown technique.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Prehistoric Stone Tool Glows at Dusk - Eoliths

 This flint tool from my find site shown standing and glowing on my window sill. There are obvious figurative possibilities, the usual suspects.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Indian Rocks, Stone Face Effigies, Figure Stones and Prehistoric Art - Independent Acheological Research

The marvelous thing about scientific phenomena is that it can be re-tested and observed by independent researchers. Observations can be recorded and theories and conclusions can be drawn by any who care to investigate. People can also stumble upon a phenomena quite by chance.

At the start of my own investigation into my figurative flint tool discoveries, my independent conclusions were verified by the finds and study of others who proceeded me such as Ursel Benekendorff.

Introducing Tim Banninger another independent investigator who fell down the same rabbit hole many of us find ourselves in after realization of these artworks and there antiquity.

Tim had collected many stones he realized as worked before discovering there were faces carved into the stones.
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Portable Rock Art - Foot Prints?

 This foot print shaped flint find is in a similar style to these two flint artworks also from my find site. These thin flake sculptures show possible signs of painting (the white areas) and are quite small, this one being just over 2.5 inches toe tip to heel.

Figuratively foot, leg and boot like descriptions can be found in figure stone or portable rock art pieces, see the post Portable Rock Art - Flogging a Dead Horse?  many of the head profile descriptions can be flipped over to describe a foot or boot. This foot print shape also adds more evidence that ordinary humans were responsible for these artworks.  

Monday, 11 December 2017

Dinousour Fossills - Figure Stones.

This collection of fossils are all surface finds from my usual artifact hunting grounds.  These areas are steep chalk down lands laid  in the cretaceous period.  In this  location erosion has lead to  some very ancient flint tool and prehistoric art finds as well.

So what dinosaurs do these fossils come from and how old are they?

its hard to be sure, some are very close to fossils of known species, a good paleontologist should be able to tell us. As for age and the fossils being flint all we can be sure of is that they were laid down at least 70MYA being from cretaceous layers, but some could just as easily have been fossils back then.

Theropod toe claw is an obvious suggestion for this one and size wise would be that of a large adult

Figuratively it covers the basics for paleo communication, elephant head, feline front half, phallus, thumb, pointing finger, bovine, bird, gorilla strut and yes it says theropod claw very well. This was also something of a status symbol most likely.

 This one is also most likely a claw although it has fang like features, Pterosaur wing claw?. This could easily be used as a piercing tool and figurative device fossilized or not. An interesting bird optical illusion can be seen.

This one has a tooth like point to the right and a hand guard and grip, for those with smaller hands. This one could have been a worked piece of jaw bone before fossilization into flint. This one says fish no matter which way round it is.

 Another claw, this time from something less predatory? This item has the basic paleo language shape.

 This is a piece of a jaw bone, the remains of two molar like wide spaced teeth can be seen.

 This item was already a flint fossil before any workmanship was carried out. Use of pigment can be seen.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Prehistoric Language Decoded - Proof

You may have read my post a little while back Figure Stones - Simple Genus, where I suggested how prehistoric language had evolved into a simpler form. Here is a find from my site that is so concise and accurately carved with such visible single minded intent, that I suggest it is absolute proof.  All the common glyphs are easily created with this flint tool in the most practical and efficient way, this time no archeologist has the excuse of 'I cant see it', unless of coarse they are in fact blind.

Further more this find links straight into Anatomical Modern Human culture and written symbolic language to such a degree that the nail is in the coffin for any other sub species or close cousin besides AMH being responsible for this incredibly ancient figurative artwork culture.

If you are new to figure stones these two posts should bring you up to speed:-

Eoliths, flint tools and figure stones.
Figure stones Mystery solved? Unlikely!

How do we know it was humans that used these items?

Quite Simply, it's woven into the very fabric of our culture throughout history.

1. Figurative art - Homo Sapiens Sapiens are the only species proven to have created figurative art. There is no evidence that our closest cousins the neanderthals or denisovan created any pictorial descriptions of any kind, nor any other creature on the planet for that matter. 

2. Consistence - These objects were in use for vast amounts of time and there is consistency in the art style and topology of the descriptions. Half, full side on and head profiles were used in this art form, which I have traced back as far as the cretaceous period. Even the Egyptians used these conventions in there wall paintings and hieroglyphs.  So the same art conventions were in use for millions upon millions of years.

3. Optical illusions - I'm not talking about anamorphic art or seeing things here, the point I want to get to is the combining of two or more images to create a single image that depicts each of the subject matters. This is quite a hard thing to archive , and the 'engine' for such images in prehistoric times was practicality and efficiency. Practicality from the stand point of - why carry ten stones to say ten things, and efficiency - why carve two images when a slight addition to one image covers both descriptions. This kind of optical illusion can be seen throughout my entire artwork collection, has only ever been used by humans and can be seen in much more recent prehistoric artworks known to be made by humans. See :- Duncan Caldwell's Page

4. Cognition and Skills - Fine sculpture, complex cognition the use of pigments and paint in the time of the dinosaurs, come on people!, it can only be us!, paleo anthropology is completely busted. There is no observable evolution in our cognition or artistic skills for well over 66 million years., what is observable is actually a simplification over time of the art used in the creation of prehistoric visual communication devices.

5.  Gönnersdorf Venus Figurines -  These so called 'Venus' figurines were carved around 15000 years ago by Anatomically Modern Humans. These are not Venus figurines at all, although there is evidence that a symbolic representation of the female form is being used, they are in fact the simplification of prehistoric visual language, with all the glyphs molded into an almost nondescript simple shape. This is exactly the same shape common in figure stones, except usually with many more details. Even the flint knife found in the 4000 year old grave of the Amesbury Archer has this symbology worked into it. See :- Don's Maps

6. The Written Word - As far as visual communication goes, It all makes perfect sense, figure stones to hieroglyphs to the first alphabets, a continuity in the art of visual communication. See :- Is Sinai 361 a Figure Stone?

The Flint Tool that puts it simply.

In this plate flint cleaver/chopping tool many paleolithic glyphs can be seen, only in a very simplified format, others that have the same basic shape and combined motifs in the same locations can be seen here and here. To use these items prehistoric peoples held them aloft and pointed to the designated eye feature of the chosen subject matter, in some cases where eye features are shared the tool was likely animated to give more indication of the correct creature motif to be communicated. (Flapping motions for birds, strutting motions for gorillas)

 Above: Two painted eye symbolic representations can be seen. Suggested motifs are human, hominoid and bovine.

 Above: Elephant motif to the left. Notice the perfect right angle bottom right, and parallel line to the left.

Above: Two painted eye descriptions can be seen on the white surface to the right of the stone. The upper painted with an unknown substance the lower with ochre.

 Above: A phallic glyph is shown.

 Above: Gorilla strut to the right probably also doubles as a bear front half glyph.
(Use the lower ochre eye description)

 Above: A pointing hand, finger or thumb description is show leftwards. 
(Note the chip to create the symbolic nail) 

Above: A horse head glyph is shown rightward.