Saturday, September 13, 2014

An especially interesting artifact

A fellow brought this by the print shop, and I found it interesting.  This little carving was found between Kerrville and Fredericksburg in a plowed field.  According to its owner, it's been shown to archaeologists in San Antonio to determine if it was carved with metal tools, and they report that it was not.  It was found near some dart points (arrowheads) which date to about 1000 to 1500 years ago.  It's carved in limestone, and is about six and a half inches tall.  If from that period, it's the only one ever found in the Texas Hill Country.
Since posting here, several "archeologists" have contacted me and passed judgment on the piece without actually examining it.  Is it authentic?  I don't know.  But, without examining the piece, I'm sure they're not positive, either.
I don't own the piece, and cannot vouch for its authenticity.  It is interesting -- even if it is controversial. I do find it amusing how quickly "experts" pass judgment without actually physically examining the piece, don't you?

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  1. "Hotai" ("Hotei") or "Budai"... (The Chinese "Seated Laughing Buddha" -- who brings good luck if you rub his tummy...) If found near a RR ROW, perhaps the handiwork of Chinese "Coolie" RR laborers...?


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