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    Most Awesome Theory Ever -- Lascaux Cave Paintings are Paleolithic Planetarium

    Tonight's episode of National Geographic's Naked Science -- Ancient Astronomers (TV) featured Chantal Jegues-Wolkiewiez, who has shown that almost all (126 of 130) of the Paleolithic caves & rock shelters (in France?) which were actually decorated & painted were aligned with special Solar events (Solstices, Equinoxes). For (one) example, on the Summer & Winter Solstices, sunlight streams into Lascaux Cave, illuminating its famous paintings. This shows that, as opposed to caves which were solely shelters, decorated caves were seen as symbolic shrines for religious rites.

    And, in addition, by using computers to retro-dict the positions of stars 15,000 years Before Present when Lascaux Cave was painted, Chantal Jegues-Wolkiewiez showed that the Lascaux Cave paintings around the "bowl"-shaped room in back, correspond completely to the Constellations of the Zodiak. In particular, when the (retro-dicted) star positions are overlaid onto the Lascaux Cave paintings, the stars almost perfectly fall on the outlines of the animals, and, in particular, appear in prominent positions (in the eyes, at the tips of horns, tails, & hooves, etc.):

    The Paleolithic cave printings at Lascaux, France, have long been seen as astonishing examples of the artistic capacity of prehistoric cultures. But are they more then that?

    It is commonly known that 35,000 years ago, humans were brutish and primitive and their main activities were copulation, hunting and gathering. But what if this prehistoric human was clever enough to develop in depth scientific knowledge?

    As unlikely as it may seem, new data prove that these humans actually invented astronomy. For the last 20 years, Chantal Jegues-Wolkiewiez, an independent astronomer and ethnologist, has led a rigorous investigation to prove this theory.

    According to her studies, hunter gatherers spent long nights observing the sky, calculating, and recording their discoveries either on the walls of caves or on animal bones. Thanks to their analyses they could measure time and adapt to weather change.

    In Preshistoric Astronomers, Jegues-Wolkiewiez shares her stunning conclusions that Prehistoric men chose their caves according to the orientation of the sun, created measuring tools such as a lunar calendar, and their wall paintings were the first maps of the sky and stars.

    Today, these fascinating discoveries are gradually gaining respect in the international science community. (From France, in English and French, English subtitles) (Documentary) G CC WS

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    Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore a controversial theory concerning the Sistine Chapel of prehistory – Lascaux Cave and its astronomical connection.

    Thirty five thousand years ago in Europe, tribes of hunter gatherers invented a fascinating art form. An art populated with animals, emerging from the depth of the earth. Some eighteen thousand years later in the heart of Périgueux region in France they created their most fabulous masterpiece: Lascaux.

    Prehistorians have offered all sorts of explanations for the paintings. But an independent French researcher has come with an exciting new hypothesis. She thinks the Lascaux cave paintings represent a map of the sky: The sky as seen by the world's first prehistoric astronomers, seventeen thousand years ago.

    The Discovery Enterprise: Prehistoric Astronomers

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPhwr-_j-uE&feature=related"]YouTube- Prehistoric Astronomers (part 1/4)[/ame]

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    That is awesome! It confirms,my belief,that the ancients,had a lot more going on,than we think! Thanks!

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    According to Walter Olesky's Maps in History (pg.7),

    The first maps were made on animal skins, and cave walls, by cave dwellers. They defined the boundaries of tribes, and recorded routes to hunting grounds. The cave dwellers also recorded where their enemies lived and hunted.
    According to Michael & Mary Woods' Ancient Transportation (pg. 28),

    Stone Age people probably made the first maps, by scratching in the soil w/ sticks. Perhaps they drew the location of rivers, lakes, mountains, and herds of game. Archaeologists suspect that some of the cave paintings and etchings that have been found on animal tusks may be early maps. Some of these pictures date to the Old Stone Age.
    So, if Stone Age men made maps, by painting pictures on their caves' walls, of terrestrial phenomena, maybe the made maps of celestial phenomena as well.

 

 

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