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 footage 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 new constructing. I dug down about 6′-7′ however I discovered this once I was leveling out the remaining filth. I attempted stomping on it for it to go down nevertheless it wouldn’t go deep sufficient, so I bought the shovel and once I dug it up, I seen the carving on it. However it was caked with filth, 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 aware of “Peking Man,” so once I did a search, I see this. I can maybe see some similarities, however once I seemed on the prime left image blown up massive, I assumed the eyes, large nostril, and high-perched ears (if I’m seeing that accurately), together with the facet view with advised wavy hair – or fur? – my first visual association is that of a lion – right here’s one other picture hyperlink, exhibiting 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 under. 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 assume? Is it meant to characterize 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 aside from carved by a human. And it’s fascinating that it could be buried six to seven toes underground. Mel and I’d each love to listen to any ideas on this object that he discovered.