Clay Bird Containing Human Hair
Below: A human hair implanted in the bird's tail. These
appear with surprising frequency in clay effigies at this site
for whatever reason. This hair became
detached, but was salvaged and sent with several others to the
Center for the Study of the First Americans, where Dr. Robert
identified them as human from their imbricate scale pattern and
root morphology. This was the only one of the hairs that
appeared to be pubic. Unfortunately, after Dr.
Bonnichsen's untimely death the hairs sent to the CSFA could not
be located, and this was before this author had acquired
microscopes suitable for closer inspection.
are microscopic photos of another buried human hair from the
Below: The object in
situ, on its back, still half buried, revealed by erosion at
roughly 50 cm (2') below the current terrain surface.
Right side of fat (pregnant?) hair-bearing bird. Note the
ochre and green plant matter in the mud amalgam from which it was
fabricated. The embedded hair is visible protruding from
|Below: View from
above. The separate head was pressed onto the body. Note that the eye on the head
is in the abstract form of a bird, a very common feature
in both clay and rock effigies.
|Unfortunately, this remarkable artifact has since dried out and deteriorated badly.