I received the following pictures and story from Mike in Maine, who explained his portable rock art finds as follows:
“About a decade ago, I had been sitting beside the swift river in Byron, Maine, and I noticed some blue and white stones that seemed out of place. I started gathering rocks from the river and, after an hour or so, I had a hundred stones in the back of my truck. I used to collect a rock here and there, but I have never encountered any like these. Here are a few of my findings …”
Mike just wanted to share these on the blog, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a rock art expert myself, but these images were pretty interesting to me, especially the one above left. To my eye, it looks pretty clearly like an animal head, with markings that suggest an eye and a shape that strongly suggests an ear … could it be a dog? Or some wild animal? Is it just me, or does the shape of the “ear,” the “snout” with flat edge at the left, and the sloping area at top that suggests a forehead – do you also get the sense that this has been carved or shaped by human hand? And the location of the eye marking – can that really just be coincidental, or fully intended by the “maker” of this portable rock art, whomever that may have been?
The rock above right seems to strongly suggest a human head to me, with an eye socket, a nose, and a very pronounced chin and jaw. What do you think?
Here’s another one that Mike sent, seen in two different views of the same rock below. The image at left when held in this direction also seems to suggest a human head, with the divot-like area where an eye would be, a clearly-shaped nose, and jawline in place. I’m not 100% sure what the 2nd picture is meant to suggest – a long animal head (like an alligator, when seen at this angle?) – or just the idea that the face effigy suggestion is less so at this angle, unless one thinks of the head at rest …? What do you think of these? If you have any thoughts or feedback, please share in the comments section below.