Saturday, September 3, 2016

THE OLDEST ART IN AMERICA - CLOVIS ART? - THE GAULT, TEXAS ENGRAVINGS REVISITED:




Engraved limestone cobble, Clovis,
ca. 13,000 years old. From Tamara
Stewart, Paleo-Indian Art Identified
At Central Texas Site, p. 10, American
Archaeology, Summer, 2016,
Volume 20, Number 2.

On June 25, 2011, I posted a column titled "The Oldest Art In America - Clovis Art? - The Gault, Texas, Engravings". That column was a report on a 2010 publication by D. Clark Wernecke and Michael B. Collins,  “Patterns and Process: Some Thoughts on the Incised Stones from the Gault Site, Central Texas, United States”, and was illustrated with a line drawing I had done from a photogaph by Michael B. Collins, co-author of the original IFRAO Congress, September 2010 – Symposium: Pleistocene art of the Americas story that I was reporting on. Now another report on incised limestone cobbles from the Gault site in Texas has enlarged the subject considerably.

Writing in the summer 2016 issue of American Archaeology, Vol. 20, No. 2, p. 10, author Tamara Stewart's column Paleo-Indian Art Identified At Central Texas Site, presented Wernecke and Collins' recent findings from the Gault site. They now have "numerous small, weathered limestone cobbles with elaborate engravings, nine of which are clearly associated with Clovis technology dating to about 13,000 years ago." (Stewart 2016:10)

Nine purposefully incised limestone cobbles "clearly associated with Clovis technology dating to about 13,000 years ago". This gives us 13,000-year-old rock art in North America, and another strong candidate for the oldest rock art in North America.


Engraved stone, Clovis, Gault, TX.
Drawing by Peter Faris (2011)after a
photograph by Michael Collins.

Note: I reported on the previous hard date for the oldest rock art in North America on Jan. 25, 2014, in "Pyramid Lake Petroglyphs May Be Oldest In North America", on http://rockartblog.blogspot.com .


REFERENCES:

Faris, Peter
2011    The Oldest Art In America - Clovis Art? - The Gault, Texas, Engravings, http://rockartblog.blogspot.com, June 25, 2011.

2014     Pyramid Lake Petroglyphs May Be Oldest In North America, http://rockartblog.blogspot.com, January 25, 2014.

Stewart, Tamara
2016    Paleo-Indian Art Identified At Central Texas Site, p. 10, American Archaeology, Summer, 2016, Volume 20, Number 2.

Wernecke, D. Clark, and Michael B. Collins,
2010     “Patterns and Process: Some Thoughts on the Incised Stones from the Gault Site, Central Texas, United States”, IFRAO Congress, September 2010 – Symposium: Pleistocene art of the Americas.

1 comment:

  1. Peter:

    Thanks for the coverage. We do not claim the "oldest rock art" at Gault. It is some of the oldest provenienced portable art and representative of the earliest rock art though...

    D. Clark Wernecke

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