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MALAKOFF HEADS

The Malakoff site, located on the Trinity River in Henderson County, Texas, produced three sandstone images recovered from commercial gravel pits between 1929 and 1939.

Malakoff head

Specimen: TMM 1100-1
Object: Sandstone concretion
Location: Malakoff site, Henderson County, Texas

 

Glen Evans was asked to investigate these odd finds from near Malakoff in East Texas.

Three heads were closely studied.  Although one was actually found in place by Glen, their meaning is still controversial.  Are they the result of natural erosional processes, or are they the work of very early man?

Glen pondering the quarry section where the heads were excavated
Malakoff head

Specimen: TMM 1100-2
Object: Sandstone concretion
Location: Malakoff site, Henderson County, Texas

 

Their source remains a mystery.  There were other large concretions in the same layer that did not show such markings.  However, if they were the work of early man, then man has been around in Texas for much longer than is currently accepted.  The deposits are about  50,000 years old.

One of the heads found in the quarry

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Do these heads result from the work of paleoindians?

 This highest river terrace of the Trinity has yielded other rich finds of late Pleistocene mammals, but no other human artifacts of this age have yet been uncovered.

 Curtis Tunnell writes in response to a query:

"Malakoff heads were never proven a fake, but they remain an enigma. 
Some good scientists like Glen Evans are convinced that they are real and very ancient."

So.. what does Glen Evans believe?

He thinks that they are indeed the work of paleoindians. He notes that other sandstone concretions 
in
the producing layer were not pitted in this manner, and that he and the dig crew actually found the third specimen in place.