The following glyph was discovered in Utah in 1935. While its date sparked controversy, it became an early example of PaleoAmerican prehistory. Now, this era artforms are found all over North America. Thus, rockart occurs throughout American prehistory.

Fawcett Gap Site, Frederick County, Virginia

The Survey is often asked this question. And, since most artforms are found above ground, the question is difficult to assess – on a case by case of discoveries. Peter’s Mountain contains a Mastodon glyph which answers the general question of long antiquity. Numerous artforms in Virginia date back to the Pleistocene era.[1] The following artifact was found by the author in his 1990s survey in northern Florida. It is a cut section of a Mastodon rib which has incisions on it. This specimen indicates a considerable antiquity for U.S. prehistoric artforms. Of course, dates of 30,000 years or more in Europe for artforms are common, and this European art practice was brought to the Americas.

[1] Art dates to 40,000 years in Europe (Cook 2013).

Blackberry Hill Complex, Franklin County, Virginia

Photograph with dStrech Rockart  Software

Cut Mastodon Rib Bone Section with Cut Marks on One Side

How old is it....


 

Five-Animal Artwork:The term was coined by Alan O’Hara and is used to mean any effigy, artifact, or ethnographic symbol that has more than one animal form in its construction. Their form varies as well as the stone. Also presently, these multiple images have no dates. This phenomenon was first observed in Virginia at the Blackberry site in Franklin County. This form(type) of art is found in Europe as is called superimposed art.

The so-called Moab Mastodon petroglyph as it appeared in 1935. The petroglyph had been chalked.

Wooden Mask, Buckingham County, Virginia


Wooden Mask from Buckingham County, Virginia. It was found in the 1980s on the James River. It was made from chestnut and measures: Face height = 39.0, face width = 19.3, and mask depth = 10.7 cm. Back side has a support ring in the middle in which a shaft was placed extending into a notch near the top of the Wooden Mask from Buckingham County, Virginia. It was found in the 1980s on the James River in a shelter. It was made from chestnut wood and measures: Face height = 39.0, face width = 19.3, and mask depth = 10.7 cm. Back side has a support ring in the middle in which a shaft was placed extending into a notch near the top.


This mask was recorded by Jack Hranicky in the 1990's and has never been seen since.

This bison lithic form was discovered on the Blackberry Hill site, Franklin County, Virginia.

 This effigy is of a buffalo and was found in Franklin County, Virginia. It was found on a ceremonial site (to be reported). It is the largest effigy object found to date in Virginia.

It stands 19 inches tall and about 28 inches long and about 4 to 5 inches thick, and it weighs approximately 110 lbs. It stands upright and is very hard to tip over.