Wednesday , October 5 2022

Ancient cave drawings can represent stars


Some ancient cave paintings were thought to be animal symbols actually representing star constellations, researchers say.

New research suggests that people had a sophisticated knowledge of the stars as long as 40,000 years ago.

They also seem to have kept track of time by watching how the stars slowly change their position in the night sky.

The phenomenon, called the precession of equinoxes, is caused by the gradual shift of the Earth's axis of rotation.

Its discovery has previously been credited to the ancient Greeks thousands of years later.

The cave producers looked at the stars to mark important events as congestion problems, according to the researchers.

"Early cave art shows that people had advanced knowledge of the night sky during the last Ice Age. Intellectually, they were hardly different to us today," says Dr. Martin Sweatman, Head of the University of Edinburgh.

Laws from the University of Edinburgh and Kent studied details of paleolithic and neolithic cave sites in Turkey, Spain, France and Germany.

Animal symbols depicted on the walls of the caves were aged by chemically dated the used colors.

Computer software was then used to predict the positions of the stars when the paintings were made.

The results showed that what looked like abstract images of animals can be interpreted as star signs based on constellations they emerged over time.

On each side, the cave artists exercised a method of time-based based on astronomy, the researchers claimed.

This was despite the fact that the paintings were separated in time by tens of thousands of years.

The world's oldest sculpture, the Lehmann of Hohlenstein-Stadelgrottan in Germany, an ivory cut almost 40,000 years old, was also found to support the star signage theory.

Writing in the Athens Journal of History, the researchers described how an old carved stone pillar from Gobekli Tepe in Turkey gave them their "Rosetta Stone" – the key to unlocking the zodiac code.

It was supposed to celebrate a devastating meteoric impact in North America 11,000 years ago, which led to the Younger Dryas Event, a period of sudden climate cooling that triggered a mini-age in the Northern Hemisphere.

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