This is one of the more-interesting examples of rock art that a reader of the blog has sent to me (just the photo, not the actual rock art). “N.S.” from Maryland writes to say that it is about 3 1/2 inches long and was found in Berlin, a town in Worcester County, Maryland, near Ocean City and just north of Assateague. I mention Assateague because I’m wondering if this head effigy has anything do with the indigenous Assateague culture, which was based on the maritime and forest resources of the Chincoteague Bay watershed. This is just my own speculation and comes only from a basic awareness that there were certainly Native American people living in this area in past centuries.
Let’s take a look … N.S. adds that it also has a few markings on the back and that it was found on the ground. Some of my own observations to bring to your attention include what appears to be some sort of indication of head wear (as evidenced by the horizontal line that runs across the forehead with the vertical lines coming from it) – or could that suggest hair instead? But the unexpected thing is what looks to be a diamond shape right at the top of the forehead below this horizontal line, and another unexpected feature is what appears to be two sets of nostrils …? As I tell everyone who sends me photographs of their rock art finds, I’m not a rock art expert, but am always happy to share these things in the hope that someone with some expertise will see it and be able to share some information on it – if you are such a person, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.