|The significance of the Gault site
lies to a great extent in its
convincing evidence, contrary to conventional wisdom, that large populations of the "Clovis" time frame
already inhabited sites of
considerable geographical extent and duration, suggesting the possibility of a "pre-Clovis" presence.
In the context of the large quantity and extent of artifact material at
33GU218 and other North
American sites, it is interesting to note the similarity in
morphology of much of Gault's artifact material to that of artifacts at this site, notably in its
resemblance to the rounded or flattened (quasi-anthropomorphic) bird face images - mouth, eye, and general form of the figure being the salient features.
Geometrically incised limestones are a also a distinctive feature of both sites.
The photo below shows the Gault
limestone artifact widely known as the "Wheatstone"
(possibly Clovis age, more likely Archaic), the
incised marks being interpreted as wheat stalks, on the rather
questionable assumption that the image was intended to be viewed vertically.
In addition to its bird-like shape, this figure exhibits the face characteristic of
thousands of images at 33GU218 and other sites. Note the mouth, the
eye, and the crest over the forehead.
Given the overall morphology, it seems more plausible that
the incisions along the side represent feathers.
Shown below, beneath the Gault bird, are
photos of similar figures (very common) at 33GU218.
Although without the finely incised ornamentation, they are
clearly of the same form, and carved with the same characteristic face.