Elaborately carved stone head discovered within the Catskills – The Artsology Weblog

My weblog posts on rock artwork proceed to immediate folks to e-mail me their photos and tales … and this one is fairly fascinating. Mel from New York State writes: “I used to be in Bloomfield, NY within the Catskills doing drainage for brand spanking new constructing. I dug down about 6′-7′ however I discovered this after I was leveling out the remaining grime. I attempted stomping on it for it to go down but it surely wouldn’t go deep sufficient, so I received the shovel and after I dug it up, I observed the carving on it. Nevertheless it was caked with grime, so it wasn’t till I rinsed it off that I noticed what I had discovered.”

rock art, a carved head found buried in the Catskills
Two views of a stone carved head discovered buried within the Catskills in New York State.

Mel provides: “Possibly somebody will acknowledge it. Once I used the picture characteristic on this android, it stated ‘Peking man indigenous human’.” I wasn’t accustomed to “Peking Man,” so after I did a search, I see this. I can maybe see some similarities, however after I regarded on the high left image blown up giant, I assumed the eyes, huge nostril, and high-perched ears (if I’m seeing that appropriately), together with the aspect view with recommended wavy hair – or fur? – my first visual association is that of a lion – right here’s one other picture hyperlink, displaying a carved lion, with prominent cheek bones like Mel’s discovered object.

However as I at all times say in these posts, I’m not a rock artwork knowledgeable myself, so I’m simply responding to what I see, and invite folks to share their very own ideas or suggestions within the feedback part beneath. For instance, whereas I first thought “lion,” I may also say that the shortage of a chin and the way in which it appears within the profile view appears much less lion-like. Right here’s one other straight-on view of the identical carved rock artwork head, in a bigger format.

carved stone head found in the Catskills
One other straight-on view of the identical rock artwork carved head discovered within the Catskills.

What do you suppose? Is it meant to symbolize a human, as Mel thinks? Or an animal, which was my response? The fascinating factor to me is that it’s clearly carved by human arms, there’s no mistaking these eyes as being something apart from carved by a human. And it’s fascinating that it could be buried six to seven ft underground. Mel and I might each love to listen to any ideas on this object that he discovered.