We continue to get interesting submissions from readers of the Artsology Blog with photos and stories of face effigies and rock art found in different parts of the United States.

This one comes from Matt S. in New Jersey, who writes: “Found this not too long ago on the banks of the Delaware, in a spot where there is no beach, just about two rocky feet between the river and where I was standing. It was upside down when I saw it, but I was compelled to pick it up and put it in my back pocket. I took it out twenty minutes later to reveal the face side!

river rock face effigy rock art found in Delaware River

The picture seems to show a clear depiction of a closed eyelid, eyebrow, and a mouth in a frown … at least that’s how I visually interpret it. I’m not a rock art expert, by any stretch, so it’s hard for me to know from only looking at a photograph (and not seeing or holding the rock in person) whether these marks are clearly “made” by a human hand or not. The way they are positioned in relation to what could be seen as a nose would certainly suggest that they are purposely-made marks. As always when I post these reader shares, I invite any feedback from any experts out there or others who have found similar things or might have information to share in the comments section below.



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