Some of world's have-the Oldest cave Paintings Revealed how ancient people thought relatively Advanced Knowledge of astronomy.
The Artworks, at sites across Europe, are not depictions of Animals Simply child, as Was Previously thought. INSTEAD, animal-the Constellation star symbol represents in-the night sky, and represents Dates are Used to mark events and Suchi as comet strikes, Suggest analysis.
Reproduction of a Paleolithic cave painting from The Bison of Altamira cave, Cantabria, Spain (replica), painted c. 20,000 years ago (Solutrean). (Thomas Quine / CC BY SA 2.0)
Keeping Track of Time
They REVEAL That, Perhaps as rat back as 40,000 years ago, Humans CEPT track of time using Knowledge of how-the position of stars slowly Changes over-the-years Thousands of.
Findings Suggest That The ancient people understood an effect caused by-the gradual shift of Earth's rotational axis. Print Discovery of Phenomenon, called precession of-the equinoxes, Was Previously credited to-the ancient Greek.
That time around-the-extinct Neanderthals becames, before Perhaps humankind and settled in Western Europe, people Could Define WITHIN Dates to 250-years, the-study shows.
Reconstruction of a Neanderthal in-the Neanderthal Museum. ( Public Domain )
Ancient Astronomy Advanced Insight
The Findings indicate Astronomical That INSIGHTS of-the ancient people were rat Greater Than Previously believed. Their Knowledge May have aided navigation of-the open SEAs, for IMPLICATIONS With Our understanding of prehistoric as human migration.
Researchers from The Universities of Edinburgh and Kent studied details of Palaeolithic and Neolithic art featherings animal symbol at sites in Turkey, Spain, France and Germany.
They found sites for the-the-Used Same method of date-keeping based on sophisticated astronomy, even though the art Was Separated in time by tense of Thousands of Years.
Evidence at Major Prehistoric Sites
Researchers clarified Earlier Findings From a study of stone carvings at one of These sites – Gobekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey – Which the interpreted as a memorial to a devastating comet strike around 11,000 BC. Print strike Was thought to have initiated a mini Ice Age becomes known as the-Younger Dryas Period.
The 'vulture Stone' at Gȍbekli Tepe. Credit: Alistair Coombs
They ALSO What decoded probably the best-the ancient artwork becomes known – the Lascaux Shaft Scenes in France. The work, Which features and several with a dying animal, May commemorate Another comet strike around 15200 BC, Researchers Suggest.
4 Lascaux, Montignac, Dordogne, France. Takes Pictures-the part called the atelier. (Public Domain)
The Findings Confirmed by comparing their team The Age of MANY Examples of cave art – becomes known dating From Chemically-the PAINTS Used – With The positions of stars in ancient times as predicted by sophisticated software.
The world's Oldest Sculpture, Lion Man of Hohlenstein-the-Stadel Cave, From 38,000 BC, ALSO Was found to Print harmony to ancient time-keeping system.
The Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel Cave. (Dagmar Hollmann / CC BY SA 4.0)
Print Was Published in study Athens Journal of History .
Dr. Martin Sweatman, of-the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering, Who led-the study, said:
"Early cave shows ground That people thought Advanced Knowledge of-the night sky With The last Ice Age. Intellectually, They were hardly ANY different to us today. These Findings support a theory of multiple comet impacts over the course of Human Development, and Will probably revolutionises how are prehistoric Population Seen. "
Top Image: Some of the World's Oldest cave Paintings Revealed people have thought an ancient, yet Advanced, astronomy. Animal Constellation star symbol represents in-the night sky, and are Used to mark Dates and events Suchi as comet strikes, analysis from The University of Edinburgh Suggest. Source: Alistair Coombs
The article, titled Originally, land Suggest Prehistoric cave complex of ancient astronomy use technologies, Originally appeared on ScienceDaily.
University of Edinburgh. "Suggest Prehistoric cave art complex of ancient astronomy use technologies." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 November 2018.
Martin B. Sweatman, Alistair Coombs. ' Decoding European Palaeolithic art: Extremely ancient Knowledge of-the precession of equinoxes . ' Athens Journal of History , 2018. Available at: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.00046