A scholarly set of transitional Valdivian Stone Specimens. Mineral and sediment deposits
in microscopic crevices.
Two Formative Period Palmer stones. Each sample type showing the progression involving
the creation of the first human effigy in the Western Hemisphere.
Palmer Notched - Phase 1 (2600-2500 B.C.) Groove on lower portion on flat, prism
stone, indicating the division of legs.
Palmer Notched Incised - Phase 2 (2500-2300 B.C.) Groove on lower portion on rounded,
rectangular stone with upper extremity incised with head and arms. Fair amount of
earth deposit remains on lower half.
Santa Elena, Ecuador. Measures 4.5"/11.43 cm, 3.5"/8.89 cm
Similar examples published in Ancient Ecuador - Culture, Clay and Creativity 3000-300
B.C. Also appear at Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, Quito, Ecuador.