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Fired Clay Human Figurines in Central and Northern California

  • Robert F. Heizer (a1) and Richard K. Beardsley (a1)

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A new and significant element was added to the archaeological inventory of California by the discovery, in 1940, of two unique objects of baked clay. These seemed to be fragmentary female figurines but several considerations at the time of discovery called for reserve in this interpretation. Although a well developed baked clay complex is known archaeologically in the Central Valley of California, it had not been evidenced before this time to the west of this stoneless region. Moreover, none of the figurines occurring in this Valley complex represents any part of the human figure; it has been noted, in fact, that aboriginal California in general lacked a tradition of human representation. In addition, these two pieces were fragmentary.

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Fired Clay Human Figurines in Central and Northern California

  • Robert F. Heizer (a1) and Richard K. Beardsley (a1)

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