Arctic Circle Gneiss Carved Skull--"Oldest Rock in the World"
By Lee Downey
The tonalite gneiss utilized in this carving was collected in a remote area on the Acasta River, Northwest Territory, Canada on the Arctic Circle, located 300 kilometres north of Yellowknife. Found in 1989, the Hadean age rock outcrop where it was gathered is the oldest known intact crustal fragment on Earth, dating back 4.02 billion years. Height 4in; offered together with a small sample of Acata Gneiss rough to indicate the appearance of an unpolished specimen, height 1 1/4 in.
Offered in a custom-fitted Balinese fabric covered box.