Curious Backyard Excavation Digs Up Questions; Can You Help?

Curious Backyard Excavation Digs Up Questions; Can You Help?

The odd stone face dug up in the McIntyre's yard last June.

Do you recognize this strange head? If you do, there’s a few people in the UK who’d like to speak with you.

A couple in Lanarkshire, Scotland were doing a bit of digging in the backyard last June, and were surprised to pull up something unexpected: an ugly, and very old, stone head.

Rosalind McIntyre, told Fife Today that she hadn’t realized what it was, tossing it out of the way until her husband Donald pointed out that the large rock appeared to have a face.

“Our sons took it to a museum in St Andrews and the people there were astonished — they said they thought it was very, very old. They then sent it around various places but no-one could find out anything about it, although Historic Scotland are still looking into it.”

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The pair may have not had any luck identifying the stone totem, but they’re hoping that some some knowledgeable internet sleuths might be able to lend a hand.

So, anyone have any guesses?


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10 Comments

  1. Ken Summers

    12/19/2011 at 12:39 PM

    Perhaps an old hand-carved gargoyle? It seems like a crude sculpture possibly to ward off evil. But I’m no antiquities expert.

  2. George Wagner

    12/20/2011 at 9:07 AM

    Sorry, but the carving doesn’t seem especially ancient, so much as the whimsy of some mid-20th century sculptor.

    • Graham

      12/21/2011 at 12:22 PM

      I’d agree, my buddy who is a well established sculptor from Lithuania still sculpts objects like this today.
      My guess is it’s late Victorian whimsy.

  3. TheDemoniacal

    12/20/2011 at 10:54 AM

    The rock appears to be sandstone from the picture. Sandstone is easy to carve. The head is not fashioned in ancient Celtic style. From the looks of it I’m guessing that it is modern, probably at about 50 years old or less. It may have even been carved very recently. If the couple puts the head up on ebay or something and starts asking for large sums of money then I will call “fraud”. Only time will tell.

  4. Joe

    12/20/2011 at 12:22 PM

    I have no idea who carved it, but it appears that the original nose was damaged and the carver started over again, more inward.

  5. John E

    12/20/2011 at 2:18 PM

    is Lanarkshire anywhere near Dangerfield?

    • Ken Summers

      12/20/2011 at 10:17 PM

      No respect. I get no respect.

  6. Mr Rat

    12/21/2011 at 3:50 PM

    It’s a neolithic Chia Pet. Google it.

  7. Carla

    12/25/2011 at 3:18 AM

    It’s Homer simpson.

  8. Dan Jipson

    08/13/2015 at 12:46 PM

    I think it’s Mr. Bills great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great…..whew…….great-great-great grandfather!

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