On this page we offer modern made art pieces inspired by the archaeological record. Most items are one of a kind hand crafted items that are signed by the artist. Whenever possible, the same materials are used as the originals that inspired the modern replica. Without the limitations of strict replicating, art allows ceremonial items to be functional, and every day items from history to be turned into works of art. In every case, this kind of art allows those with a passion for archaeology to bring it into the home in a more tangible way.
VENUS OF WILLENDORF REPLICA CAST $25
Our new cast showcase some of the earliest art in Paleolithic Europe, dating to around 25,000 years ago. Found in Austria, it was made in limestone and depicts a female figure with very exaggerated features. To find out more...SEE ITEM
BONE AWL CAST $18
A new cast in 2017, made from the original bone awl from the Hayfield site in Alaska, sent from the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks. It measures 9.5 centimeters long, and shows artistic incised circles in the bone. This cast would still function as a usuable awl on work today. For more info, see ITEM
AZTEC MACUAHUITL OBSIDIAN SWORD $195
Our new replica showcases one of the meanest looking weapons in history, the Macuahuitl. Developed in Pre-Columbian Meso America, it reached its height of use during the time of the Spanish Conquest in the Aztec Empire. By fitting razor sharp Obsidian(volcanic glass) flakes into a wooden club, they created an Obsidian Sword sharper than steel. Our replica is based on drawings from the Spanish texts, mostly the Codex Mendoza from the 1500's. (SEE ITEM)
In ancient Central America, there is a class of weapons called Owl Maces. This example from Costa Rica is one of the finest pieces known to exist. It was made in volcanic rock. Shown here is our new cast, molded in the molecular detail of the original. Once cast, it can be studied and displayed.
THE PALEOLITHIC SERIES
THE LICKING BISON OF LA MADELEINE $35
This replica depicts one of the finest carvings in Ice Age art. The original was from the archaeology site of La Madeleine, in the Dordogne region of France. It is from the Magdalenian period of around 12 to 17,000 years ago. It was believed to be a fragment of a spear thrower that was made of reindeer antler. This piece has been a favorite of atlatl enthusiasts and art students as well, since the carving shows some advancements in Paleolithic art. A wonderful perspective is shown here by the turned head with one horn in bold relief, and the other carved in. It is usually seen as a bison turning to lick an insect bite on its back side. This piece measures about 4 and a quarter inches, made in modern high strength epoxy.(SEE ITEM)
The "Licking Bison" of La Madeleine, France
THE CREEPING HYENA OF LA MADELEINE $25
The first spear throwers known to Archaeology are found in the caves of Upper Paleolithic Europe. This epoxy cast/replica is of the cave hyena atlatl spur from La Madeleine Rock Shelter in France. The original was made of mammoth ivory and dates from the Magdalenian period(around 12 to 17,000 years ago). It is thought that the remaining antler and ivory spurs were attached to handles of wood that have long since degraded away. (SEE ITEM)
The "Creeping Hyena" of La Madeleine
Our paleolithic anscestors explored caves with the aid of fat burning stone lamps. This replica is of the most elaborate known in the Upper Paleolithic(around 17,000). The original was found at the end of the cave of Lascaux in France. (see Primitive Technology)
One of the greatest gifts from the Aztecs was the spear thrower guilded with gold. In this replica, shell finger loops and Rosewood were used, (sorry, no real gold). Several of these were sent back to Charles V in Europe, and the original copied here is currently in the British Museum. Our testing of this model showed that it also possibly could have been a functional atlatl as well, but a study of Aztec art and civilization shows that atlatls were often used as symbols of authority as scepters as well. This replica is 20 inches long and threw a spear well in testing.
Back of atlatl showing the "Feathered Serpent with Spear" design
Replica of the famous Gold Aircraft from the Museo Del Oro in Bogota